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.

Slumdog Paradox

Every city, every nation, has its riches and flaws – and globalization exposes them all
Sadanand Dhume
February 4, 2009

Headscarf Ban Misses the Point

France's proposed law illustrates cultural divide between the state and its Islamic population
Shada Islam
January 30, 2004

Creative Self-Disruption

In fast-changing sharing economy, entrepreneurs focus on consumer wants and efficiencies
Mohamed A. El-Erian
April 9, 2015

The Persian Paradox: Iran Is Much More Modern Than You Think

The country of 80 million is urbanized, entrepreneurial and eager to join the global economy
Erich Follath
April 8, 2015

What the West Can Learn From Japan’s “Lost Decades”

Stagnation may be a form of sustainability
Roland Kelts
April 3, 2015

Attacks in Denmark, France Stoke Fears of Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe

Anti-Semitism may contribute to emigration to Israel
Beenish Ahmed
March 30, 2015

For Asian Americans, A Changing Landscape on College Admissions

High school students should develop their own passion and avoid college application stereotypes
Frank Shyong
March 24, 2015