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Alec Posner Intro to IR 11/10/14 Discussion Paper 8 Our book defines globalization as the increasing integration of global society  through the spread of technology, foreign trade, transportation, cultural exchange,  political institutions and social connections.  Globalization has many positive impacts on  the world.  It allows countries to increase trade and relations.  Globalization’s key role is  connecting the world from nation to nation.  Fragmentation is the competing force.   Fragmentation splits up the nation into slivers.  This can be caused because of the clash  of civilizations.  Huntington believes fragmentation and clash of civilizations is  inevitable.   However, the documentaries show promise for a more fluent global  community.  This week’s research was critical because the discussion is so applicable to  our generation.  In the next coming decades, our global community could go through  amazing changes and advancements or become even more divided by war and conflict.   The first source looked at was a publication by Huntington called, “The Clash of  Civilizations”.  Huntington’s mainframe of thought is that clash of societies is inevitable.  He believes no matter the advancement in technology and communication, there are  thousands of years of history that will prevent globalization.  Huntington believes societal war is inevitable because of cultural identity.  The world is becoming a smaller place and  as different cultures interact, it promotes cultural consciousness.  People will intensify  their cultural identity and grow less tolerant of others.  There are also centuries of history  that will cause conflict.  A culture’s history will not just disappear.  The roots by which 
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