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Rex Brynen

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APRIL 16, 2012: Challenges of the 21 Century  Globalization: o Complex economic, social, and political effects, many of them beyond the capacity of any one government to control o Risks, challenges (ex. if you are heavily dependent of exports, a global recession can have dramatic effects on your country, etc.) and opportunities (access to global information, attracting comparative advantage/investment)  The Rise of the NICs o Increasing importance of successful developing and redeveloping economies o NICs, BRIC, China as an investor, G8 > G20  The Conflict Trap o Civil war > underdevelopment > civil war > underdevelopment o Security and peace-building in the post-9/11 world  Democratization:  Hybrid Regimes Liberalized autocracy o Partial transitions o Democratic erosion (ex. Coup in Mali)
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