The world’s biggest geopolitical trend today is not America First, or the global war on terror, or Brexit, or the renewed Cold War with Russia. It is the economic integration of Europe with Asia, especially the European Union with China. Europe and Asia co-inhabit the world’s largest landmass, Eurasia. They are increasingly connected economically as well. Trump’s protectionism and bellicosity will speed up the integration of Europe and Asia, and threaten to leave the United States on the sidelines.
Geologists tell us that as a landmass Eurasia has existed for around 70 million years. And demographers tell us that Eurasia has been home to roughly two-thirds of humanity during the past 2,000 years. Trade, migration, wars, and ideas have linked Europe and Asia throughout history (and pre-history). As Jared Diamond pointed out in his wonderful book “Guns, Germs, and Steel,’’ the diffusion of technologies between Asia and Europe has been facilitated by Eurasia’s broad east-west orientation along climate zones. For example, wheat is grown in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Western Asia (e.g. Turkey, Iraq, and Iran), the northern stretches of South Asia (e.g. Pakistan and India), and East Asia (e.g. Myanmar and China), a wheat zone stretching 10,000 kilometers.
Please read the full article at The Boston Globe.
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