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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