2000–2009

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The 2000s was the previous decade that started on January 1, 2000 and ended on December 31, 2009. It was the decade in which the 21st century and 3rd millennium began, with 2000 a part of the 20th century and 2001-2009 part of the 21st century.

Globalization, which had intensified in the post-Cold War 1990s, continued to influence the world in the 2000s. The internet is one of the prime contributors to globalization, making it possible for people to interact with other people, express ideas, introduce others to different cultures and backgrounds, and use goods and services, sell and buy online, research and learn about anything, along with travel the world without even leaving the computer.[1][2][3][4][5] The institutions, linkages and technologies that emerged or were redefined earlier would subsequently in this decade benefit many countries, in particular China and India. However, in other parts of the world such progress failed to address ongoing struggles with modernity, most notably characterized by the rise of al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups.[6] The September 11 attacks in 2001 ultimately led to the United States, United Kingdom and other nations invading and occupying Afghanistan, as well as implementing various anti-terrorist measures at home and abroad in what was known as the War on Terror. The European Union saw further integration and expansion throughout much of Europe. The economic growth of the 2000s, while responsible for lifting millions out of poverty, also had considerable environmental consequences, raised demand for diminishing energy resources, and was still shown to be vulnerable as demonstrated during the Global Financial Crisis of the late 2000s.[7]

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