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In a borderless world, borders do matter

  • I Made Andi Arsana

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 24 2011   /  09:39 am

I walked from Monte Carlo casino in Monaco one night in October and seven minutes later arrived at an Asian restaurant in Nice, France. I did not realize that I had crossed an international border until I checked a map on my mobile phone.  I suddenly understood the term “borderless world” that Kenichi Ohmae coined in early 1990s. After the Schengen Agreement was signed in 1985, many European nations are virtually borderless when it comes to the movement of people. I also remember in 1999 when I had an opportunity to visit Panmunjom on the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. Panmunjom is known as one of the world's most heavily guarded borders since it is patrolled 24/7 by soldiers from both sides. I had a rare opportunity to enter one of the blue buildings standing on the border. It was a place that straddled two countries. Sitting in a chair at the negotiating tab...