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Differential Effects on U.S. Regional Influence

Globalization dynamics seem to have both enhanced and diminished America’s regional standing. Certain aspects of globalization, for example, have penetrated the United States more deeply than Latin America, and in the process, bolstered its position vis-à-vis its neighbors. One way to assess the depth of penetration is by examining the region’s communication and trade links with the “world beyond.” How extensive, for example, is use of the Internet? How many free trade agreements has a state signed with other states? Most data show the United States has experienced more globalization than its southern neighbors (which is not surprising), yet globalization is making significant inroads into Latin America too.