Society and Culture News

Orthodoxy and the Future of Secularism After the Maidan

Jun 12, 2015
In many ways the undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine has triggered seismic shifts in the religious landscape in the two countries. Although united by a common Eastern Christian faith tradition, Russia and Ukraine are increasingly separated by the same. After more than twenty years of an independent Ukrainian state that has adopted its own legislative policies toward religious institutions and the means of regulating the exchange of peoples, goods and ideas, a growing number of differences in terms of cultural values and political orientations are now manifest between the two countries.

Los conflictos que distancian a los líderes de América Latina

May 31, 2015
Cynthia J. Arnson is quoted about the regional differences that might impede the process of integrating Latin American nations. This article is in Spanish.

Just the Facts: What is “Fact Checking” and Why is it Growing?

May 22, 2015
Journalism, at its best, is a search for truth. And identifying the truth involves getting the facts correct. But a movement known as “Fact Checking” is growing globally and takes what some consider standard journalism practice to new heights. Following the release of a new report on fact checking, we spoke with Jane Elizabeth from the American Press Institute about the findings and to learn more about the practice. She provides an overview in this edition of CONTEXT.

UK Elections 2015: David Cameron’s Big Win

May 15, 2015
In this interview, Global Fellow Michael Geary provides analysis on the surprisingly big win for David Cameron and his party. He discusses the outcome and implications for Scotland and the European Union.

Law Day 2015: What Makes Magna Carta Mythic?

May 14, 2015
Panelists, with the help of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, explored the question, “What makes Magna Carta mythic?” Their thoughts provide insight into an eight-century long legal-political tradition, its endurance, and continuing significance for the twenty-first century. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Beyond Google: The Dark Side of the Internet

May 12, 2015
The number of non-indexed internet sites is estimated to be 500 times larger than what a search engine can reveal. Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow Daniel Sui is attempting to uncover the dark side of the Internet that is a conduit for all types of illegal and often dangerous activity.

Putin’s Grudging Perestroika

May 06, 2015
"If we look at some of the Kremlin’s domestic policy initiatives, we see a country struggling to become less “Soviet” in its actions and reform its decrepit institutions before it’s too late," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

After Baltimore, we must see community as a process

Apr 30, 2015
"As time passes, Baltimore will find ways to move forward. Too many Baltimoreans are too committed to their city for the current status quo to remain invariable. To do so, though, community and neighborhoods have to engage a larger world rather than build existing walls ever higher,” writes Blair Ruble.

China vs. Western Values: Xi Jinping’s Ideology Campaign

Apr 21, 2015
Ideology is once again playing a major role in U.S.-China relations. Government warnings against the pernicious influence of “Western values” have surged under Xi Jinping. And that concern has influenced policies toward the Internet, traditional media, culture and entertainment, universities, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations. Can China succeed in blocking Western influence? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

The U.S. Energy Pivot: A New Era for Energy Security in Asia?

Apr 01, 2015
The past decade has brought ground-shaking changes to global energy markets. The unconventional fuel boom has unexpectedly reduced U.S. dependence on oil imports, while in the Asia-Pacific region, energy-constrained nations are increasingly reliant on foreign sources to meet their soaring demand. With the U.S. slated to export liquid natural gas (LNG) to Asia as early as 2017, a new energy era has come.