Globalization Without Uncle Sam: America First May Mean America Out

For the developing world, globalization was synonymous with Americanization. Since the end of World War II, the United States led in influencing global trade and security arrangements, shaping the future with investments in research and higher education. US President Donald Trump, expressing wariness about global integration, has adjusted policies and budget priorities – a retreat spurring a quest for connections among developing countries, explains Hassan Siddiq in this YaleGlobal article. China is now the world’s top trading partner, and its ambitious One Belt, One Road Initiative will set the agenda for foreign relations among the world’s fastest growing economies. Saudi Arabia is busy organizing the Islamic Military Alliance of 41 nations that will usher in new dependencies and flows of money and arms. Responding to worries among international students about xenophobia, American universities organize regional hubs and partnerships around the globe. Likewise, global audiences are less dependent on Hollywood, and the internet offers shows from around the globe, aided by automatic translators along with fan-based translation sites. Globalization encourages imagination, ambition and a sense of possibility. The country that instigated so many trends in modern globalization may soon find itself left behind. – YaleGlobal

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