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.

Do US Deficits Threaten Global Financial Stability?

Not as long as the US remains the most attractive investment destination - and makes better use of its foreign bounty
Hilton Root
October 13, 2004

"Copywood" No Longer

The South Korean film industry shows it can hold its own by combining local themes with Hollywood style
Christina Klein
October 11, 2004

Coping with World Population Boom and Bust – Part II

Measures to reverse declining birth rates are hard to implement
Joseph Chamie
August 24, 2004

'Bad Press' Causing Headaches for Beijing

Chinese leadership struggles to control freedom of expression
Paul Mooney
July 22, 2004

Olympics in an Age of Global Broadcasting

Playing on a world stage, national pride and distinctiveness come to the fore
Emma Wensing
August 10, 2004

Coping with World Population Boom and Bust – Part I

With populations booming in the less developed world, migration pressures will increase
Joseph Chamie
August 19, 2004

The Insecurity Underpinning Xi Jinping’s Repression

Tightening internal security measures could hamper economic progress
Jerome A. Cohen
September 28, 2015

How the Piano Became Chinese

China produces 80 percent of the world’s pianos
Sheila Melvin
September 14, 2015

Europe Trades Blame as Migrants' Bodies Pulled From Mediterranean

Disparate laws challenge border enforcement
Ahmed Elumami and Marton Dunai
August 31, 2015

Inside the Migrant "Jungle" in Northern France

Refugees leave all behind to flee brutalities in their homelands
Peter Wieben
August 26, 2015

Denmark: First EU Country Planning to Run Anti-Refugee Adverts in Foreign Papers

Far-right parties gain traction by opposing immigration of desperate refugees
Emmanuel Akinwotu
August 20, 2015