America’s Collective Action Problem

Globalization has given us the potential to live more productive, prosperous, and socially connected lives — or has it? * * * The breakdown of Washington’s establishment has presented itself as a major theme this election cycle, weaving through the populist rhetoric espoused on the campaign trail by Democratic and Republican candidates alike. These candidates, specifically Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders, have successfully tapped into an anger in the collective psyche of the American public — an anger directed towards political dysfunction on Capitol Hill, the spin of news…

The Islamic State: A Symptom of a World in Transition

The rise of the Islamic State bears a striking resemblance to the formation of various nation-states in the 19th and 20th centuries. With its rapid territorial expansion since June, the militant group has focused its efforts on controlling geographic territory while unifying its people around a common culture, including a strict interpretation of Islamic law. Framed within a larger debate over globalization, however, the Islamic State highlights important tensions in today’s world, where increasing interconnectivity has threatened the preeminence of nation-states. The globalization debate is perhaps best conceived by visualizing…