Problem

Continentalism

Other Names:
Continental separatism
Geo-economics
Pursuit of adversarial goals with commercial means
Nature:

Continentalism refers to the agreements or policies that favor the regionalization and/or cooperation between nations within a continent. The term is used more often in the European and North American contexts, but the concept has been applied to other continents including Africa, Asia and South America.

Claim:
Japan (leading an east Asian group, which may before long include China), Europe and America are trying to do each other down for export markets, investment opportunities and access to raw materials: behaving, in short, just like those crude old nation-states, but on a far bigger scale. The end of the Cold War has made it easier, because it is safer, for the three continents to try to assert their separateness. We may now be entering a period in which these great blocks of countries conduct the pursuit of adversarial goals with commercial means. There are genuine Euro-Asian-American differences of economic interest, but this is only one way in which the instinct of people to distance themselves from one another reveals itself. The suspicion grows that continentalism is merely another case of the Great Geographic Fallacy, that where you sit on the map is more important than what sort of people you are, and what body of beliefs you wish to live by, that proximity matters more than ideas.
Broader Problems:
Economic conflict
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
09.03.1997 – 00:00 CET