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.

The Fallout of Pakistani Revelations on North Korea

Details about sales to North Korea could prove valuable in containing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions
Phillip C. Saunders
February 23, 2004

Argentina Stuck on the Periphery of a Globalized World

A corrupt and selfish elite has squandered the country's chance to shine
Jean-Pierre Lehmann
February 20, 2004

One Hand Clapping in the Caucasus

Global forces helped to push change, but the region’s long-term success is not assured
Kenneth Weisbrode
January 26, 2004

Regional Fallout from Thai Turmoil

Political wrangling threatens stability and prosperity throughout Southeast Asia
Bertil Lintner
January 15, 2009

Divergence Grows Between China and the West – Part II

A coordinated international response might soften Chinese intransigence over Tibet
Michael C. Davis
December 23, 2008

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US Is a Top Villain in Pakistan’s Conspiracy Talk

A few benefit by sowing mistrust and dividing nations
Sabrina Tavernise
May 27, 2010

Entrepreneurs Wary of China Currency

US businesses that import materials or goods from China prepare for higher costs
Emily Maltby
May 26, 2010

Moscow Furious, Says US Not Pushing Drug War in Afghanistan

Flourishing drug trade destabilizes the region
Fred Weir
May 25, 2010

The Web of Globalization

Severing global connections won’t resolve the economic crisis
Nayan Chanda
May 24, 2010

Behind the Drama in Europe Lies a Global Crisis

During economic hard times, national interest trumps cooperation
Edmund Conway
May 20, 2010

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