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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Sept. 4 article “BRICS countries urge U.N. reform, cooperation on terrorism” (Web) states that these nations “pledged their opposition to protectionism ” They can’t realistically do anything else, given globalization’s momentum.

The instantaneousness of digital communication, the connectivity of transportation, the profusion of knowledge and transformative technology’s increasing ubiquity collectively fuel globalization. Globalization has long since reached critical mass; what’s left is making it work best for as many people as possible. Ours is increasingly a one-world community, with melting borders, receding territoriality and shifting social landscapes. Spirited debate over globalization’s benefits and risks won’t abate soon; polarization will persist. But globalization won’t be corralled.


It’s an interdependent world, with tough connective tissue forming every day among governmental, sociocultural, business, communal and organizational entities across the globe. What’s largely left is to figure out how to mold globalization as it takes hold. The BRICS summit in China this week will further catalyze that process.

KEITH TIDMAN

Bethesda


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