As governments confront many challenges that are global in scale, leaders find they must cooperate in responding to financial, climate, terrorism and other crises. As a result, a global audience has developed keen interest in how and why nations select their leaders. On one hand, citizens expect sensible and collective action, transparency and fair representation; on the other hand, citizens and leaders fret about compromising security, sovereignty or loss of control. Diplomats and global organizations like the United Nations aim to achieve a balance, even as global communications allow citizens in democracies or authoritarian states to steer attention to issues. Attention to citizen demands and multilateral cooperation contribute to stability.

Taiwan's Challenge to China and the World - Part II

A ‘Greater Chinese Union' offers best political solution
Linda Jakobson
March 15, 2004

China Reluctant to Lead

Unless Beijing assumes its global responsibility, the US will be left to act alone
Orville Schell
March 11, 2009

China’s Quiet Activists

Work by a network of NGOs to help people without challenging authorities gains new recognition
Shawn Shieh
February 25, 2009

End Game in Sri Lanka

Global factors bring long civil war to a close, but only reconciliation can end an extremist ideology
Harsh V. Pant
February 23, 2009

The Gordian Knot of Gaza

Solution to Israeli-Palestinian issue must combine aspirations of the Arab citizens with regional interest
Tamara Cofman Wittes
March 6, 2009

At Last, Justice Comes to Cambodia

Cold War politics overlooked genocide and other atrocities
Benny Widyono
February 13, 2009


The Long Road to Reunification

A reunified Korea could look to Germany and Europe for a model
Yoav Cerralbo
November 17, 2010

If You Thought the Bank Bailout Was Bad, Wait Until the Mortgage Defaults Hit Home

A bailout of bondholders calmed international markets, but will lead to mortgage defaults
Morgan Kelly
November 16, 2010

Clinton Urges Cambodia to Strike a Balance With China

US advice for Asian nations: avoid overdependence on others, China in particular
John Pomfret
November 16, 2010

G-20 to Push Current Balance Guidelines

Leaders of the largest economies pledge to resist protectionism and global imbalances
Kim Yon-se
November 12, 2010

Israeli Settlement Plan Sparks International Outrage

Israel stubbornly plans settlements on occupied land, defying international law
Harriet Sherwood
November 11, 2010