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Globalisation under threat

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 11:48 AM


It would be grossly naÔve if we pay scant regard to world events. In this globalised world, characterised by interdependence and connectivity, we can appreciate that the events that take place in other countries have an impact on one's own nation. The concept of geopolitics ought to be central to our understanding.

It is against this background that I am particularly worried about the developments that have been occurring in the world. There appears to be a moving away from the ideologies of liberal democracy, globalisation, and diplomacy that emerged after World War II.

The United Kingdom has opted to leave the European Union, the United States is pursuing protectionist policies, and the American president appears to be committed to taking this world, perhaps unwittingly, to its apocalyptic end. Also of interest is the ongoing election in France, which appears to be a race of political ideologies.

What do these developments mean? Is the world moving towards nationalism? Are we closer to World War III?