Since 1989, Western corporations and governments have embraced the idea that everyone benefits from free markets and democracy. Yet many argue that globalisation is also the direct cause of war, disease and poverty and urge the rest of the world to conform to the same Western global standards. Time magazine’s Alex Perry has lived and reported the dark side of globalisation first-hand. Far from offering us an era of world peace and rising prosperity, he argues globalisation is often an instrument for alienation, enduring poverty and war. In his book, Falling off the Edge, Perry argues the boom is about to go bang.
For Dominique Moisi (French Institute of International Affairs) there is a “clash of emotions” not a clash of civilisations. Europe and the US are dominated by a fear of the ‘other’ and the loss of national identity and purpose; for Muslims and Arabs, civil and religious warfare and historic grievances have created a culture of humiliation developing into a culture of hatred; Asia, able to concentrate on building a better future, has become ‘the culture of hope’. Can understanding the emotions behind cultural differences offer a better view of the world and perhaps a more peaceful solution to the ignorance and differences that plague us? This event will be chaired by Professor Wendy Larner, University of Bristol.
Dominique Moisi is a founder and now a senior adviser to the French Institute of International Affairs IFRI) and a professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. He writes a column for the Financial Times and contributes to Foreign Affairs, the Guardian and others. He lives in Paris. His latest book is The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation and Hope are Reshaping the World.
Alex Perry is Time magazine’s Africa Bureau Chief, based in Cape Town. From 2002 to 2006, he was South Asia bureau chief, based in New Delhi, and covering locations from Afghanistan to Burma. He has won several journalism awards, and his report from the battle at Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan was featured in The Best American Magazine Writing 2002. He is the author of Falling Off the Edge: Globalisation, World Peace and Other Lies.
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