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UPS executive Romaine Seguin is a champion of trade. She neatly explains that poverty, terrorism and violence recede when goods cross borders. Of course, UPS is a major beneficiary of the global movement of goods, which may explain Seguin’s simplistic, single-faceted outlook – one that disregards those whom globalization has ignored as well as ideology’s role in terrorism. Nevertheless, Seguin’s synopsis deftly encapsulates the arguments in favor of global trade. getAbstract recommends Seguin’s rudimentary introduction to members of developing communities who seek to boost their local economies.

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Romaine Seguin is president of UPS in the Americas.



In 2014, Boko Haram, an extremist group, kidnapped 276 girls from Chibok Government Secondary School in Nigeria, 218 of whom are still missing. The term “Boko Haram” means “Western education is forbidden,” a motto that captures the group’s desire for seclusion from the outside world. When countries are cut off from the international economy, terrorist groups are more likely to emerge. In Nigeria, 61% of people live below the poverty line, compared with 15% in the United States. Had the village of Chibok had better access to jobs and economic opportunities within the global economy, the kidnapping unlikely would have occurred.


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