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.

Desperate Millions Flee Poverty, Persecution and Inequality

Nations must tackle root causes of disorderly migration – or expect more economic crises and armed conflict
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller
June 11, 2015

Nepal Earthquake: Prelude to Bigger Disaster?

Poverty, weak governance, unchecked urbanization increase Himalaya region’s vulnerability to earthquakes and other natural disasters
Alark Saxena
June 2, 2015

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

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The Age of Pain

Social distress contributes to populism and governments must address systemic causes
William Davies
November 15, 2016

British Icons Cash in on China's Day of Sales Madness

“Singles Day” transforms the economic and cultural calculus of online spending
November 14, 2016

The World Is Watching America's Election

Voters line up at the polls, and US leaders could show that democracy still works
Frida Ghitis
November 8, 2016

In the Art World, Globalism’s New Spin

The Museum of Modern Art and others expand global consciousness through art
Holland Cotter
November 7, 2016

The Rise and Rise of Fake News

Journalists and readers alike must sharpen their critical reading skills
November 7, 2016

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