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.

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

Illegal Immigration Illogic

With loose enforcement, implicit message on immigration: if you make it, you can stay
Joseph Chamie
July 22, 2014

The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History

Europe overlooks long history of good exchanges with Arab-Islamic world and encourages defensive posture
Nayef Al-Rodhan
July 15, 2014

Islam – Up for Grabs

Islam has no centralized controls; any power-hungry despot can use religion as an excuse
Ooi Kee Beng
June 26, 2014

Call for Inclusiveness May Not Work for Middle East's Sectarian Divide

In Syria and Iraq, ISIS exploits power voids, frustrations over minority rights, and Sunni-Shia divide
Dilip Hiro
June 18, 2014

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In Humayun Khan and His Family, A Complex Portrait of Patriotism

Powerful convention speech is a testament to the highest US values
AJ Willingham
August 1, 2016

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

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