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.

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The struggling UN mission in the Balkans holds lessons for future peacekeeping operations
Alkman Granitsas
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Bloggers Cut Through Fog of War

Weblogs of US soldiers, Iraqi citizens reveal viewpoints beyond mainstream media reports from the war front
Mark Glaser
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Christina Klein
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Indonesia: Democracy Wins, but Danger Remains

Political Islam is still on the march, stirring fears about the country's economic future
Sadanand Dhume
October 22, 2004

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
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"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

Internet or Splinternet?

Global cooperation around some basic internet rules could improve connections and innovation
Joseph S. Nye
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Crowding Out the Locals: Are Weekend Trips Ruining Cities?

Tourists destroy the local cultures they crave
Dinah Deckstein and Alexander Kühn
August 9, 2016

Will This Be the Happiest Place in the World?

UAE appoints state minister on happiness and strives climb in UN rankings
Louise Redvers
August 5, 2016

Through the Venezuelan Looking Glass

Absurd policies emerge from scapegoating and alternative belief systems
Ricardo Hausmann
August 4, 2016

In Humayun Khan and His Family, A Complex Portrait of Patriotism

Powerful convention speech is a testament to the highest US values
AJ Willingham
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