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.

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

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

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More Chinese Are Sending Younger Children to Schools in US

Parents appreciate the independent thinking and opportunities
Miriam Jordan
January 5, 2017

Algorithms Are Making US Small-Minded

Computer programs try to please but put users on narrow paths
Sydney Finkelstein
January 3, 2017

To Save Global Liberalism, Time to Look Beyond Government

Global groups cannot wait for governments to solve problems
Peter Westmacott
January 3, 2017

How to Cure the Globalization Backlash

The developed world has lost its confidence
Harold Sirkin
December 23, 2016

What the Latest Standardized School Tests Tell Us

Education contributes to economic prosperity for individuals and societies
Karin Klein
December 9, 2016

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