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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Tourism and Terrorism: Two Sides of the Same Globalization Coin

Dr. James Primm.

Political theorist John Gray argued that " 9/11 spelled the end of globalization." Thomas Friedman
disputes this contention. In the past few years I have taught courses on globalization and the politics of terrorism and have also visited Cuba and Vietnam ( twice) in order to analyze the role on tourism on the future development of these two so-called "communist" nations.

I have come to the conclusion that the advent and rise of global tourism (see Patricia Goldstone, "Making the World Safe for Tourism") and the horrific events of 9/11 and its aftermath are linked as the
complex negative and positive outcomes of a post cold war world that is both becoming increasingly
integrated and increasingly fractured at the same time.


Dr. James Primm  (United States)
Associate Professor
Department of International Studies
Hawaii Pacific University

Dr. James Primm is an Associate Professor of International Studies at Hawaii Pacific University.
He has BA in History from Illinois Wesleyan, an MA in International Relations from San Francisco State University, an MS in Criminal
Justice Administration from Chaminade University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii. He teaches courses on Globalization and the POlitics of Terrorism.

  • Tourism
  • Terrorism
  • Globalization
  • Ideology
  • Political economy
  • Democratization

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)