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Globalization101.org is an Internet resource offered by the Levin Institute to promote a greater understanding of globalization.

Globalization101.org addresses the following issues:
What is globalization? Is it the integration of economic, political, and cultural systems across the globe? Or is it Americanization and United States dominance of world affairs? Is globalization a force for economic growth, prosperity, and democratic freedom? Or is it a force for environmental devastation, exploitation of the developing world, and suppression of human rights?

Globalization101.org provides information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Our goal is to challenge you to think about many of the controversies surrounding globalization and to promote an understanding of the trade-offs and dilemmas facing policy-makers.

Globalization 101.org hopes to serve as an informative and engaging space for those interested in learning more about changes in the international economy.

In 2000, the Center for Strategic and International Studies created Globalization101.org to educate students about the dilemmas and trade-offs of globalization. All materials on the site were written by staff members and interns of Globalization101.org. In 2006, the project moved to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The project moved again in September 2007 to The Levin Institute, a graduate institute of international relations associated with the State University of New York.

Readers of the site are permitted to use material on the site at no charge for educational purposes, including but not limited to: use of the site in classrooms; use of material downloaded and printed from the site; and linking to the site from other websites. Any copying or reprinting of material must contain a reference to the authorship of The Levin Institute and to the copyright.

Citations to the site should be in the following format: Levin Institute, www.globalization101.org/[page viewed], (visited on [insert date]).

The Levin Institute trains students to live and work effectively in this new global environment. Levin’s core competence is built on Cross-Management: the ability to manage effectively across borders and cultures. The successful manager of the 21st Century will be defined by the ability to operate successfully across divisions of nationality, ethnicity, religion and languages as well as political, economic and regulatory environments.

As an independent institute within the larger State University of New York (SUNY) system, the Levin Institute is part of the largest comprehensive state university system in the United States. Located in the heart of New York City, the Institute is ideally suited to provide students and working professionals the skills needed to succeed in today’s rapidly changing and challenging world. Our academic programs prepare students for taking on leadership roles, solving complex problems and making decisions in situations involving multiple cultures, jurisdictions and organizational environments.

Four decades ago, Marshall McLuhan, the media sage, looked at the emerging technology of international communication and commerce and proclaimed, “We now live in a global village.” It hasn’t turned out that way. Today, we live in countless villages of different sizes and cultures that are connected globally. It is the mission of the Levin Institute, through its courses, conferences, research and international outreach, to prepare students to live and work effectively in this new global environment.

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