Terrorism, Development & Trade: Winning the War on Terror Without the War
32 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2015
Date Written: January 1, 2004
It has been argued that globalization caused the increasing gap between rich and poor, degradation of environmental resources, domestic and international violence, and even terrorism. In this article, I suggest a strategy for approaching the terrorist dilemma by shifting the U.S. focus away from military might and toward investment and market development. ... Unfortunately for the victims of terrorist attacks, the writings of Islam do not specify with particularity the acceptable practices of a moral life. ... Economic sanctions have a significant impact on the economy of a developing country. ... Policies such as this are directed at one of the root causes of terrorism -- the failure of market development. But aid agencies are unwittingly at the front lines of the war on terror, and by addressing problems like poverty, access to clean water, disease, and starvation, these agencies attack the root causes of terrorism without firing a shot. ... International trade, when focused on human and market development, is the most effective tool in preventing terrorism and maintaining global stability. ... Will increased trade make poor, developing countries less vulnerable to terrorism? Latin America, Asia, and Africa have welcomed and encouraged trade in their developing countries, seeking increased foreign investment to stimulate the growth of their economies.
Keywords: terrorism, trade, development
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