21 April 2015   Leave a comment

The National Review has a provocative article entitled “Has the Globalization Trend Already Peaked?”  The author of the article, Michael Barone, argues that there are many parallels between the world in 1913 and the world after the financial crisis of 2008-09.  World War I definitely ended the first phase of globalization and the consequences of that collapse were devastating to the liberal world order.  There are scary parallels, such as the drop in world trade after 2008, but the strong growth in nationalism in the early 1900s has not yet happened in the contemporary period.  There are, however, signs that nationalism is in fact on the increase, particularly in the growth of right-wing parties in Europe.

The flood of migrants from Libya into Europe and the resulting tragedies of so many drowning deaths in the Mediterranean are a consequence of the total breakdown of order in Libya.  That breakdown, in turn, was due to the Western intervention in 2011.  The intervention started out as a purely humanitarian mission designed to protect Libyan civilians from the armies of Muammar Qaddafi.  The mission changed to one of regime change–a foolish move given that there was no one to replace Qaddafi.  Since then, there has been no effective governance in the country and people are desperate to leave despite the very obvious risks.

The recent dispute between Turkey and the Pope over the Pope’s characterization of the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as a genocide has highlighted the political nature of the term.  The US government, in deference to Turkish sentiments, still refuses to call the genocide a “genocide.”  The Los Angeles Times has an article that describes the difficulties associated with the use of the term.

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Posted April 22, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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