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.

Prisoner's Release Does Not Herald a Xinjiang Spring

Chinese focus on Uyghur ethnic aspirations, rather than Islam, could stabilize the troubled region
Dru C. Gladney
March 30, 2005

Asia Battles over War History

The bitter legacy of the past looms over Tokyo's plans for the future
David McNeill
April 11, 2005

The Atlantic Divide over Fighting Terrorism

Spain's commemoration of the so-called "M-11" terrorist bombings underlines stark differences with the post-9/11 US reaction
Jonathan Schell
March 16, 2005

Internet Fans Flames of Chinese Nationalism

Beijing faces dilemma as anti-Japanese campaign in cyberspace hits the streets
Paul Mooney
April 4, 2005

AIDS: Facing the Second Wave

India's methods of combating the disease could provide examples – positive, as well as negative – for developing countries
Pramit Mitra
January 20, 2005

Japan's Laborious Dilemma

The island nation faces a population crisis but does not appear to like the possible solution: mass immigration
David McNeill
January 13, 2005

Top-Down, Bottom-Up Urban Design

Climate change, big data and informality shape cities
Elizabeth Greenspan
October 25, 2016

Study: Decline of Traditional Media Feeds Polarization

Declining newspaper budgets contribute to fewer informed voters
Ricardo Gandour
October 3, 2016

The Growing Gap Between Town and Country

Diverse cities thrive on connections, not walls
Ronald Brownstein
September 26, 2016

Consumer Giants Court Muslims with Halal Face Creams, Shampoos

Labeling law in the world's fourth most populous country gives halal products a lift
Martinne Geller and Randy Fabi
September 15, 2016

The Battle of the Burkini

Anti-Muslim rhetoric is framed in the language of human rights
Ian Buruma
September 6, 2016