Globalization

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping

The United States Needs a New Strategic Mindset

For decades, U.S. strategists were thinking short-term. Its leaders should start taking an infinite perspective.

Freight trucks arrive at the Port of Dover before departing by cross-channel ferry in Dover on the south coast of England on July 12.

How to Deglobalize

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians are calling for a rethinking of global supply chains. If they are serious, they’ll need to proceed carefully.

A team of dressmakers works in a factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Nov. 22, 2012.

This Is What the Future of Globalization Will Look Like

The pandemic proved, once and for all, that the world can’t be flat. But global trade can recover—if we rewrite the rules.

An outdoor screen shows live coverage of Chinese President Xi Jinping attending the closing session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing on May 28. WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images

China Is Weaponizing Globalization

The Chinese Communist Party has turned global ties into its own tools.

Coronavirus Travel Bubbles

Welcome to a World of Bubbles

Countries across Europe and Asia are exploring special bilateral arrangements to ease border restrictions. The result could be a globe fractured along epidemiological lines.

Workers produce medical gloves at a factory in Huaibei, China

The United States Needs to Reshape Global Supply Chains

U.S. strategy needs reglobalization to snatch critical power away from China.

Aerial view of Los Angeles, California, prior to the imposition of new restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Can Cities Fix a Post-Pandemic World Order?

The global multilateral system has failed to rise to the coronavirus challenge. It is time to let local leaders step in.

Workers assemble cars at the Dongfeng Honda plant in Wuhan, China, after returning to work following a months-long lockdown, on March 23, 2020.

Don’t Bash Globalization—It Will Rescue Our Economies After the Pandemic

The pundits are once again proclaiming the end of capitalism and globalization. But global production networks are highly resilient, and ready to come back online.

Demonstrators set up a mock customs checkpoint to protest against potential trade restrictions due to Brexit in Killeen, Northern Ireland, on Feb. 18, 2017.

Globalization Will Look Very Different After the Coronavirus Pandemic

New barriers are going up at breathtaking speed. The pandemic will accelerate not the demise of globalization but its transformation.

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Is This the End of Globalization?

The world was already breaking apart. The coronavirus pandemic accelerates the trend.

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A Most Lonely Union

The EU is a creature of multilateralism. Can it survive in a deglobalized world?

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How to Save Global Capitalism From Itself

Decentralizing decision-making can help left-behind regions get back on track.

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The Ugly End of Chimerica

The coronavirus pandemic has turned a conscious uncoupling into a messy breakup.

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Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis

Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.

Pedestrians wear face masks as they walk outside the New Orient Landmark hotel in Macau on Jan. 22, 2020.

The Realist’s Guide to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Globalization is heading for the ICU, and other foreign-policy insights into the nature of the growing international crisis.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab at the World Economic Forum on Jan. 22, 2019 in Davos, Switzerland. (Fabrice Coferini/AFP/Getty Images)

Davos Has Learned to Fake Populism

The world’s most powerful economic elites are using anti-globalist rhetoric to help turbocharge globalization—and enrich themselves.

Finance ministers and central bank governors of the G-20 meet in Berlin on Nov. 20, 2004. (Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)

Globalization’s Government Turns 10

For a decade, the G-20 has provided the nondemocratic oversight the global economy deserves.

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Then They Came for the Lawyers

Technology has already driven blue-collar workers into the underclass. Professionals may be next.