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.

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

Afro-Optimism: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?

Rising Africa’s leaders and citizens must keep focus on education, jobs, elimination of corruption and inequality
Raila Odinga
December 2, 2014

The Olympic Games and Asia’s Rise

More Olympics games are hosted by cities beyond the West, and multinationals appreciate the expanded reach
Susan Brownell
November 27, 2014

WWII Celebration Plans by Putin and Xi to Score Points

Russian and Chinese presidents aim to divide US and allies, including Japan, with WWII celebration
Stein Tønnesson
November 13, 2014

China’s Tianxia: Do All Under Heaven Need One Arbiter?

A few Chinese scholars anticipate China’s rise and possible role as arbiter in a troubled world
June Teufel Dreyer
October 30, 2014

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Forget Fake News on Facebook – The Real Filter Bubble Is You

Banning fake news is censorship, and the internet remains a resource for fact-checking
Will Self
November 29, 2016

League of Nationalists

Leaders talk tough about outsiders, but the controls could spread throughout society
November 25, 2016

Donald Trump and the Coming Test of International Order

International order rests on alliances, an open global economy, and liberal institutions
Uri Friedman
November 21, 2016

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

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