South Koreans debate their big, family-dominated businesses after an incident involving the daughter of Korean Air's chairman. From India to Saudi Arabia, clannish governance and ruling by bloodlines are under scrutiny.
The assault on press liberty in the killings at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is only the latest crisis to befall Europe. Yet it should trigger a return to Europe's moral foundations.
Debt 'deleveraging' in the US since the Great Recession has helped put many people and companies back on their feet. As painful as a bankruptcy or foreclosure may be, the US excels at giving second chances.
The Arab and Turkish welcome of refugees from the long war in Syria sets an example of hospitality for the West. It creates both a moral counterpoint to the Islamic State and gratitude among refugees that may help peace efforts.
Last year, Russia and Ukraine were in a military contest. This year, with each facing steep economic decline, they have turned inward in what can be seen as a contest of domestic reform. With its new-found freedoms, Ukraine may win.
After the demise of AirAsia Flight 8501, the company CEO quickly apologized, comforted families of the victims, and sought solutions. In the history of corporate mea culpas, this one stands out.
The world's most connected country has seen its leader emerge as a well-connected global leader. Merkel's style of diplomacy will be tested in 2015, as it was in 2014 during the Ukraine crisis with Russia.
The killings of blacks by police in 2014 will continue to stir reform in 2015. One idea is to apply the crime-busting strategy known as ‘broken windows’ to police themselves, accepting zero tolerance of even minor abuses.
For nations as for people, flexibility, adaptability, and tolerance for a degree of messiness is the best approach for dealing with the unexpected.
International travel is growing, opening up new views of humanity. Cuba represents one new destination ready to reward the curious traveler.