Giving Internet access to the world's poorest will cost a lot and accomplish little.
Two years ago, we created an index that measures a country's global links, from foreign direct investment to international travel, telephone traffic, and Internet servers. For the last two years, Singapore and Ireland have topped our ranking of political, economic, and technological integration in 62 countries. Find out who was the most global of all and how September 11 affected global integration in the 2003 A.T. Kearney/FOREIGN POLICY Magazine Globalization Index.
In the full-court press for war with Iraq, the Bush administration deems Saddam Hussein reckless, ruthless, and not fully rational. Such a man, when mixed with nuclear weapons, is too unpredictable to be prevented from threatening the United States, the hawks say. But scrutiny of his past dealings with the world shows that Saddam, though cruel and calculating, is eminently deterrable.
Slammed by anti-globalist protesters, developing-country politicians, and Nobel Prize–winning economists, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has become Global Scapegoat Number One. But IMF economists are not evil, nor are they invariably wrong. It’s time to set the record straight and focus on more pressing economic debates, such as how best to promote global growth and financial stability.
The illegal trade in drugs, arms, intellectual property, people, and money is booming. Like the war on terrorism, the fight to control these illicit markets pits governments against agile, stateless, and resourceful networks empowered by globalization. Governments will continue to lose these wars until they adopt new strategies to deal with a larger, unprecedented struggle that now shapes the world as much as confrontations between nation-states once did.