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.

Quo Vadis America?

The US can recover from the current mess, but the days of hegemony are over
Immanuel Wallerstein
July 13, 2004

Growing Anti-US Sentiments Roil an Old Alliance with South Korea

Washington's policy differences with fledgling Korean democracy require deft handling by leaders on both sides
Sook-Jong Lee
June 8, 2004

Some Chinese See Positive Lessons in Iraqi 'Torture Gate'

Chinese official media’s attempt to score points against the US is supported by some but derided by others
Anthony J. Spires
May 14, 2004

The Medium Shapes the Message

US-produced Arabic network unlikely to win hearts and minds of Middle East
Seth Fein
May 7, 2004

Unnoticed, Democracy Gains in Southeast Asia's Islamic Countries

Despite extremist threat, pluralism flourishes in Islamic Indonesia and Malaysia
Goenawan Mohamad
April 16, 2004

The Hollowing-Out of Hollywood

'Runaway productions' boost profits but also take jobs abroad
Christina Klein
April 30, 2004

American Universities "Addicted to Chinese Students”

Hard up for cash, US universities could struggle to compete with Chinese counterparts
Matt Schiavenza
June 1, 2015

FIFA Caught Offside as US Tackles Global Graft With Penalties in Mind

The surprise may be that other nations did not act sooner
Tom Kutsch
May 28, 2015

The War on Big Food

Research suggests 68 percent of global consumers expect to recognize label ingredients
Beth Kowitt
May 27, 2015

Muslims in Texas Walk a Fine Line After Garland Shooting

Some practices of free speech are meant to be ignored
Manny Fernandez and Laurie Goodstein
May 18, 2015

California Drought: Almond Growers Fight Back Over Reports They Are Causing Chronic Water Shortages

Two thirds of California’s water-hungry almond crop is exported
Tim Walker
May 15, 2015