Globalization wields powerful influence over societies and cultures. Business travelers and tourists both observe and distribute new ideas. New ideas, interactions, foods and products are tried, then embraced or discarded. With the internet or satellite television, films, publications, photographs, news reports and cartoons can travel instantly, entertaining or angering audiences around the globe. With social media like Facebook or Twitter, individuals offer news and own instant pronouncements on trends. Whether slowly through immigration or immediately online, these connections bring about some convergence of norms on fashion to human rights while also provoking challenges from traditionalists. A global society has emerged, and it’s tightly linked.

Free-Wheeling Web Commentary Challenges Media's Traditional Power

Blogs continue to wield influence; governments and bloggers could coordinate on regulations to increase the potential
Nayef Al-Rodhan
March 31, 2015

Why the West Is Losing the Battle Against Radical Islam

The US and Europe fail to summon the courage to criticize Saudi Arabia or toxic Wahhabism
Azeem Ibrahim
February 26, 2015

History Without Borders

Asia Inside Out Project resists history’s attraction to national borders by studying shifts over five centuries
Peter C. Perdue
February 24, 2015

Alienated Muslim Youth Seek Purpose, Thrills in Joining Jihad

Youth confronting poverty, unemployment, social disdain grasp at extremists’ promises of a higher mission
Joji Sakurai
February 19, 2015

Germany’s Nationalist Movement Rides on a Wave of Islamophobia

Muslims have become easy scapegoat for economic worries in Germany – and elsewhere in Europe
Frank Griffel
January 29, 2015

Encyclopedias: The Truths du Jour

Encyclopedias tend to shrink the past, revealing a society’s limited understanding of the world
Immanuel Wallerstein
January 20, 2015

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Top-Down, Bottom-Up Urban Design

Climate change, big data and informality shape cities
Elizabeth Greenspan
October 25, 2016

Study: Decline of Traditional Media Feeds Polarization

Declining newspaper budgets contribute to fewer informed voters
Ricardo Gandour
October 3, 2016

The Growing Gap Between Town and Country

Diverse cities thrive on connections, not walls
Ronald Brownstein
September 26, 2016

Consumer Giants Court Muslims with Halal Face Creams, Shampoos

Labeling law in the world's fourth most populous country gives halal products a lift
Martinne Geller and Randy Fabi
September 15, 2016

The Battle of the Burkini

Anti-Muslim rhetoric is framed in the language of human rights
Ian Buruma
September 6, 2016

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