A readily measurable aspect of globalization is the increasing exchange of capital, products and services across national boundaries, spurred by expanded use of container shipping and other technological improvements as well as falling barrier. The interdependence is most apparent with global supply chains, as manufactured goods like vehicles and electronics are assembled with components produced around the world, and it’s increasingly rare for any country to be the sole source of any one complex product. Countries aim to increase exports but worry about too many imports and trade imbalances, even as their consumers pursue low prices. Disagreements on subsidies, tariffs, quotas or unfair practices are debated by the World Trade Organization.

Global Brands Contend With Appreciation for the Local

One-of-a-kind businesses still hold powerful attraction for consumers
Bryant Simon
July 6, 2010

Seizing the Moment for Clean Energy

The transition from fossil fuels requires united global action – and some US leadership
Ann Florini
July 1, 2010

Growing Challenges of Energy and Environment – Part II

Taxing carbon at the border could be protectionism in disguise
Olivier Cattaneo
June 24, 2010

Brazil: Poster Boy of Globalization Charts Own Course

Lula’s independent policy plays well among supporters wary of his free-market embrace
Kevin Casas-Zamora
April 9, 2010

Toyota’s Stumble is Not a Metaphor for Japan Inc.

Toyota’s management had problems before the brakes
Lam Peng Er
March 26, 2010

The World Needs Rebalancing, Not China Alone

Rather than pointing fingers at each other, the US and China should seek accommodation
Jeffrey E. Garten
March 22, 2010