The Correlation between the Concept of Globalization and International Terrorism

The end of twentieth and throughout the 21st century has witnessed an increase in terrorism over the world. The phenomenon of terrorism has now spread across many countries including the Middle East and North African (Lutz & Lutz, 2015).  The increase in international terrorism has coincided with globalization, suggesting a correlation between terrorism and globalization.

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            Globalization has been blamed to a number of difficulties that are being experienced in many countries. According to (Lutz & Lutz, 2015), globalization is defined as the process through which international connectedness deepens, widens and speeds up. The phenomenon goes beyond the increase in economic interactions to include social, political and cultural interactions among the different nations of the world. According to the author, modern globalization has been linked to global terrorism.            

The movement of ideas and materials, a result of globalization, is likely to bring socially dissimilar groups closer to one another leading to conflict (Lutz & Lutz, 2015). Increased economic interactions with the outside world create anxiety about the cultural and social changes that result from economic adaptations.  Moreover, globalization has been associated with some form of inequality in the societies, thus creating and increasing tensions. The author cites the case of foreign direct investment, which has caused inequalities in the affected societies. The culturally and economically disadvantaged groups oppose the groups or political systems that associated with such changes. When satisfaction cannot be attained through peaceful means the groups resort to violent forms, which often leads to a vicious cycle of violence.

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