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.

Toward a Virtual Caliphate

Al-Qaida is not the only Muslim group harnessing the power of globalization
Peter Mandaville
October 27, 2005

Vers l’etablissement d’un Califat virtuel?

Peter Mandaville
October 27, 2005

Citizens Fight Back with Cellphones and Blogs

Does citizen journalism during the London bombings signal a media revolution?
Mark Glaser
July 28, 2005

China's Cautious Pride in an Ancient Mariner

Young nationalists criticize Beijing's timidity in taking credit for Admiral Zheng He
Wang Gungwu
August 4, 2005

Nagasaki 1945: While Independents Were Scorned, Embed Won Pulitzer

Newly unearthed documents show how the story of the A-bomb was suppressed and revealed
Mark Selden
July 7, 2005

What the Latest Standardized School Tests Tell Us

Education contributes to economic prosperity for individuals and societies
Karin Klein
December 9, 2016

Forget Fake News – 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