“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. He had three ships and left from Spain; He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain …” The catchy song is a nostalgia of the end of the Middle Ages and the dawn of the epoch of “globalization.” From the 15th century onward, globalization has undergone four accented phases – the sea trade, Pax Britannica, Pax Americana, and the current stage featuring co-competition led by the U.S. and China.

As contention in an increasingly digital and “smart” world threatens to upend these relationships, we find ourselves mired in a once-in-a-century pandemic and struggling to cope with death, grief, and trauma every day. Concerns grow as we reel from the Delta variant of COVID-19 while extreme weather disasters hit ever closer to home. Globalization is at a crossroads, with frayed bonds, fragmented commons, and surging protectionism. Tectonic changes are catching us off guard, right when…

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