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.

The Jihad and the West – Part I

Jihad is ultimately political action that can be influenced by dialogue and negotiations
Riaz Hassan
September 21, 2006

How to Deal With NGOs – Part I, China

Mindful about political unrest, China keeps a close watch on its NGOs
Paul Mooney
August 1, 2006

Outsourcing of Indian Education

Rigid government control hobbles Indian universities’ attempt to compete globally
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
June 15, 2006

East Asia’s Troubled Waters – Part III

Chinese forced-labor victims press Japan to embrace emerging international standards of accountability
William Underwood
May 2, 2006

The Opportunity of the Cartoon Crisis

Despite the dangers it presents, the outrage shows what needs to be done
Kishore Mahbubani
February 9, 2006

Educating for the 21st Century – Part I

Aiming to increase the allure of its universities, China pursues foreign students
Sara Schlemm
January 12, 2006