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.

"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

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
October 13, 2004

Coping with World Population Boom and Bust – Part II

Measures to reverse declining birth rates are hard to implement
Joseph Chamie
August 24, 2004

'Bad Press' Causing Headaches for Beijing

Chinese leadership struggles to control freedom of expression
Paul Mooney
July 22, 2004

Olympics in an Age of Global Broadcasting

Playing on a world stage, national pride and distinctiveness come to the fore
Emma Wensing
August 10, 2004

Coping with World Population Boom and Bust – Part I

With populations booming in the less developed world, migration pressures will increase
Joseph Chamie
August 19, 2004

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

Internet or Splinternet?

Global cooperation around some basic internet rules could improve connections and innovation
Joseph S. Nye
August 11, 2016

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