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.

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

Surrogacy: Human Right or Reproductive Exploitation?

Wild variation in regulations worldwide ensure that surrogacy is both human right and exploitation
Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin
October 28, 2014

New Theater of Cruelty: Beheadings Demand Civilization’s Response

Civilization must reclaim global imagination, inspire on its potential in responding to Islamic State’s cruelties
Joji Sakurai
October 9, 2014


The Battle of the Burkini

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

Internet or Splinternet?

Global cooperation around some basic internet rules could improve connections and innovation
Joseph S. Nye
August 11, 2016

Crowding Out the Locals: Are Weekend Trips Ruining Cities?

Tourists destroy the local cultures they crave
Dinah Deckstein and Alexander Kühn
August 9, 2016

Will This Be the Happiest Place in the World?

UAE appoints state minister on happiness and strives climb in UN rankings
Louise Redvers
August 5, 2016

Through the Venezuelan Looking Glass

Absurd policies emerge from scapegoating and alternative belief systems
Ricardo Hausmann
August 4, 2016