Doha Debates: Globalization, our future or our failure?

Global threats are growing fast, from climate change and nuclear weapons to the spread of infectious disease and job loss from automation. As challenges rise, globalization is rising with it — a highly contested concept. Globalization is the interdependence of governments, economies, people and products, and while it’s supported as a model for protecting human rights and the environment, it’s criticized as a slippery slope to cross-border bullying, bigotry, elitism and colonialism. Which variations of globalization, if any, are most balanced? Is broad-based action or local problem-solving the most ethical path forward? Or is there some way in between?

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