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.

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

Silk Road Diplomacy – Twists, Turns and Distorted History

China harkens the Silk Road in foreign policy initiatives, but the history is less benign
Tansen Sen
September 23, 2014

Italy and Japan: Troubled Twins of Globalization

In separate quests for beauty and perfection, Japanese and Italians are lulled into provincial trapt
Joji Sakurai
August 26, 2014

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WikiLeaks Has Officially Lost the Moral High Ground

The site could be used to carry out others’ political agendas
Emma Grey Ellis
July 29, 2016

Smartphone Addiction: The Slot Machine in Your Pocket

Smart phones are big time-wasters
Tristan Harris
July 27, 2016

Pokémon Go: Overnight Sensation Was 20 Years in the Making

Relying on camera and GPS functions of mobile phones, game inserts monsters into real world
Alex Hern
July 25, 2016

Global Elites Must Heed the Warning of Populist Rage

Inequality and stagnant incomes threaten democracies
Martin Wolf
July 21, 2016

The Failure of Free Migration

Security is essential to acceptance of big waves of migration
Robert Skidelsky
July 20, 2016

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