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.

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

A Dangerous Void in Pakistan

As the US plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, the country next door seems rudderless
Ahmed Rashid
March 4, 2009

Moments Before the Union, "Old" Europe Gets Cold Feet

Fear of an avalanche of migration is making the western states nervous about enlarging Europe
Shada Islam
March 3, 2004

Jobs Can Be Outsourced, Not Politics

By linking job loss to trade, politicians have always courted economic ruin
Harold James
March 24, 2004


Thank God Columbus Lost His Way

For Indians, the US is a land of opportunity and many puzzling contradictions
Pranay Sharma
November 8, 2010

The Third Revolution

The US created a technology revolution, but fails to adapt as jobs shift to Asia
Nayan Chanda
November 1, 2010

Sarkozy Hits Back at Reding in Roma Row

France could tarnish its standing as a vanguard of human rights
Peggy Hollinger, Nikki Tait, Stanley Pignal
September 22, 2010

China's Row With Japan Threatens to Escalate

Useful for quick manipulation, nationalism’s anger comes back to bite leaders who pursue diplomacy
John Garnaut
September 20, 2010

Another New World Order

Only long-term, civil consensus can tackle the four huge structural and global trends underway
Kevin Lynch
September 17, 2010