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Pandora’s Box

Terrorism and Globalization

Globalization is remaking the world in ways that will profoundly affect how people do business, govern themselves, and even make war.  We may debate what the driving force behind globalization is—capitalism or technology, for example—but there is no doubt that capital goods, services, people, and ideas cross borders with increasing speed, frequency, and ease.  Actions in one country have consequences and significance in distant places.  The world, in the minds of the globalizers, is becoming “one place” with global communications and media, supranational institutions, integrated markets, and a financial system that trades 24 hours a day.  Trade barriers have fallen, and technological advances have enabled the expansion of transnational corporations and financial networks that seek to take advantage of regions with low production costs and new markets in an increasingly competitive environment.

The computer is the gilded icon driving the process of globalization.  In addition to revolutionizing everyday life, the computer has become a tool of war in international terrorism.  Revolutionaries, counterrevolutionaries, extremist groups, separatist movements, and cults and their critics all use the internet for their purposes.  The explosion in new technology has significantly abetted the growth and proliferation of international crime and terrorism.  Thanks to globalization,...

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