Weaponized Interdependence: The End of Globalization? : The Indicator from Planet Money The trade war between the U.S. and China is challenging a long-standing assumption about globalization — that economic ties between countries would deepen with minimal political interference.

Weaponized Interdependence: The End of Globalization?

Weaponized Interdependence: The End of Globalization?

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In 2018 file photo, a shopper walks past a Huawei store at a shopping mall in Beijing.
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Advocates of globalization hoped that the more countries traded, and the more interdependent economies became, the less likely it would be that political conflict would interfere with their rising economic prosperity.

But recent events, especially the trade war between China and the U.S., challenge this assumption. Two researchers have put forward a new framework for understanding how the very interdependence that defines globalization, whatever its economic benefits, also gives countries the weapons they can use in geopolitical conflicts.

Today on the Indicator, we talk to Henry Farrell about this new framework: Weaponized interdependence.

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