Globalization Is The Single Most Important Development Of Geopolitical Affairs Post Wwii?

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Globalization is perhaps the single most important development in geopolitical affairs post-WWII, affecting the state in a forceful and wide ranging manner. These effects can be seen with the rise of populism in America and Europe, the proliferation of free trade agreements, and the progression of technologies such as the internet. With these long term trends, it is evident that the power of the state over its populace has weakened profoundly. There are numerous current or recent events that serve to confirm this. This weakening is especially evident in the European Union, an, as Anton Pelinka puts it, “unfinished federal quasi-state” in which most of the european nation-states ceded power in order to form an ‘ever-closer union’. (Pelinka 1) The journey towards ever closer union started with the end of the Second World War, where the nations of Europe were absolutely devastated, prompting them to begin a process whose end goal is to form a single federal state as an ultimate repudiation of the destructive nationalism that caused the war. This process has been slow and gradual, culminating in the Europe of today, challenged by the rise of populist movements, anemic economic stagnation and unemployment, and a migrant crisis among a number of other things. All of these challenges have become sources of division among and within the member states of the EU, with many lamenting that their power to combat them is limited due to their loss of sovereignty. Many political parties

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