Globalization and Fragmentation

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Michael Chelala Globalization and Fragmentation Globalization and International Affairs Professor Liubomir Topaloff June 18, 2007 Globalization can be used synonymously with the word Americanization. After the cold war, globalization, also known as Americanization, picked up unprecedented speed. This has had many profound effects on different areas in the world. One area which has not responded so favorably to the forces of globalization is the Middle East. Radical religious groups have seen the incursion of western ideals as a threat to a way of life which has existed for centuries before. Many radical religious leaders have started preaching of a holy war in order to keep out the foreign invaders. To complicate the issue even more, the Middle East holds the majority of the worlds oil, which the west is dependent on to continue its own way of life. In the middle of the apparent standoff between religious fanaticism and technological development stands Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has always held the image of being the stable force in the Middle East.
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