International trade has been promoted by the Obama administration as key to promoting economic growth and development. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recently tied trade to the issue of security along the Silk Route.
In a May 2 CNN interview with Jill Dougherty, Clinton explained,
Some countries would like to build a 20-foot wall because they worry about extremists from other places. That’s just not realistic in the 21st century. It’s far better to develop your economy to trade with your neighbors to give our young people jobs. That’s one of the best arguments against extremism.
In other words, increased trade, economic integration and open borders will improve the lives of citizens and lead to economic growth. To allow for increased productivity and exports to other markets, it is in each country’s best interest to maintain peace and stability along the Silk Route.
The link between international trade and security is definitely worth exploring at length.
Do you think that peace and stability can be achieved through international trade?
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