Globalization has been proceeding along various dimensions for a number of years, largely in the absence of intercultural understanding. Never has this been more evident than in the last few months of 2001, with U.S. and British military action against the purported cradles of terrorism revealing the West's abysmal ignorance of the cultural contexts of those who supposedly harbor such terrorists, or of the terrorists themselves. The crisis precipitated by the events of 11 September, 2001, revealed parallel areas of spatial and geographic ignorance among Americans, few of whom knew even where Afghanistan was. Such ignorance may hamper friendly as well as bellicose interactions, such as those in the economic realm.