Humanitarian Interventions and Globalization

  • Damian Grenfell
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Defining Humanitarian-Military Interventions

Globalization is often seen as incorporating two interrelated characteristics; the decreasing dominance of national sovereignty and inversely, the emergence of a global society where people are connected across both local and national communities. The impact of changing forms of technology are understood as stimulating both new and increased levels of trade, exchange, production, membership of groups (religious, political, area of interest), as well as the mobility of people (employment, refugees, migrants, tourists, trafficking).

Digital technologies are seen as central to globalization, allowing people to connect in all kinds of ways irrespective of particular borders and boundaries. That the world is seen as “coming-together” is underpinned by significant changes in how people relate across time and space – a time-space compression as David Harvey phrased it (Harvey 1990) – and a point that will be further...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Global ResearchRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia