When the United
Nations Development Program (UNDP) got ready to publish its latest
annual report, it chose for a title Globalism with a Human Face. The
terms globalism and globalization are on everyone's lips these days:
the process of globalization, according to every indicator we choose
to use, is both unstoppable and moving fast.....
end of history,then the assertion of American preeminence of Benjamin
Barber's McDonald's bringing the threat of a counter-jihad; we now
have Thomas Friedman's thesis of the rapidity of the Internet and
financial transactions taking over the world; and just recently the
cultural symbolism of American basketball creating an American goliath
ripe for the aim of underdog David's slingshot; finally, in a delightful
New York Times Arts piece, the observation of hip-hop music as a globalizing
Thomas Friedman's new book [The Lexus and the Olive Tree] should
he read by all who have an interest in global and/or international
studies. Educators at all levels would find the book informative and
perspective forming. Friedman's thesis is that the globalization and
democratizing of finance, information and technology is the emerging
defining system for the post-Cold War period.
Thomas Friedman's The Lexus and the Olive Tree should be read by all
global educators. His concepts-from the title metaphors to "fast world"
and "slow world," "golden straitjacket" and "electronic herd," globalution"
and "the golden arches theory of conflict prevention"-are powerful
Friedman may well have hit the nail right on the head. I doff my hat
to him, yet I beg to differ in some respects. The issues of inequalities
and inequities remaining to plague some developing countries, and
the contrast with developed countries of the world, are surely going
to make the world economic equation seem to be hanging "as a spider's
web"a lure in the form of fabulous dreams about globalization. Is
the web really a gateway for opportunities and progress for all.....
Students will :
- Analyze the forces that are likely to shape international relations
in the 21st century.
- Identify the values and assumptions integral to the debate about
the evolution of the international system.
- Clarify their own views on the future of international relations