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.

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

Charlie Hebdo Attacks Stir Resolve and Contemplation

Greatest threat of Paris terror attacks: Panic and limits on democratic rights and freedoms
Stathis N. Kalyvas
January 15, 2015

China, Russia and the US Juggle Soft and Hard Power

As the global balance of power shifts, more countries try out hard power
Alistair Burnett
January 8, 2015

Clouds Over Charities for Refugees in Islamic Countries

Governments seek aid for refugees, but want to prevent charitable donations from slipping into extremists' hands
Susan Froetschel
December 18, 2014

Russian Demographics: The Perfect Storm

High mortality, low fertility and emigration of the well-educated are shrinking Russia
Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin
December 11, 2014


The Secret Eye Inside Mosul

Blogger risks life to document city life under ISIS rule
Robin Wright
November 2, 2016

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