Religious extremism in South Asia is symptomatic of a larger phenomenon: the shattering of the postcolonial order under the stresses of a massive economic and demographic transition.
The world, faced with the unexpected emergence of Germany as Europe's conscience amid the refugee crisis, is discovering some of the ways the country remade itself after World War II.
The conditions exist for Singapore to move from being a showcase of efficient authoritarianism to an exemplar of that much-invoked but nearly extinct thing: democracy.
Right-wing demagogues emerging in both India and Israel seek to forge a new national identity by stigmatizing particular religious and secular groups.
The leaders of India, China and Russia are promoting a nationalist ideology to hold their highly unequal countries together.
The unraveling of British identify, which started when Britain lost its empire, will likely accelerate in the months to come.
Earthquakes plainly lie beyond the control of human beings. Yet the vast spectacle of suffering they reveal should make us ask larger questions of our actions.
Only a cataclysmic war will prevent Iran from fulfilling its long-postponed destiny as a major economic, political and scientific nation.
Pope Francis finds himself ranged against a pitilessly Darwinian outlook in Europe, which, maintained by self-interested political and business elites, seems to go unexamined by apathetic voters.
With Indian state elections approaching, parts of Delhi are again awash with manufactured hate amid a resurgence of communal violence elsewhere in the country.