Article Analysis of 'The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century'

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In the last chapter of his book The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century," Thomas Friedman discusses what he calls "The Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention," which argues that countries which are both part of a multinational corporation's supply chain will not go to war with each other. Friedman believes that increasing globalization has led countries to become far more economically interdependent than they used to be, and thus much less likely to engage in hostilities. William Duiker disagrees, arguing that this globalization has brought with it greater fragmentation in some areas, as different groups or interests work to retain a specific identity and position in the face of increasing international homogeneity. In reality, both authors are somewhat off, because they miss a fairly crucial point; the nature of warfare has changed dramatically in the twenty-first century, so while it is likely that two countries which are part of a multinational corporation's supply chain will likely not explicitly attack each other, a major reason behind this is not economic interdependence, but rather the ability to disrupt or attack a competing country with subtler, electronic weapons. When cyberwarfare is considered, it becomes clear Friedman's theory has already been proven incorrect, because the United States and China are essentially engaged in a hidden cyberwar already, even as they remain important parts of numerous different multinational supply chains.
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