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.

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

Obama and the World: Time to Deliver

From Middle East to Asia, intractable problems await the new president’s bold initiatives
Bruce Stokes
January 28, 2009

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


Kyrgyzstan Falls Apart: Can Democracy Work in Central Asia?

In pursuit of power, leaders in Central Asia fail to provide security
Benjamin Bidder, Matthias Schepp
June 22, 2010

Attention Whole Foods Shoppers

Commitment to “sustainable” farming overlooks the globe’s poor
Robert Paarlberg
June 21, 2010

The Burma-North Korea Axis

Global powers cannot neglect ongoing “military megalomania” and deceit
Aung Lynn Htut
June 18, 2010

Britain Should Back Down Over BP

Cavalier approach to major environmental and economic disaster only fuels anger
Clive Crook
June 15, 2010

Ahmadinejad’s Sugar Daddy

For US, sugar and ethanol competition is more frightening than a nuclear Iran
Gal Luft
June 10, 2010