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.

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

Why Not a World Poll Before the US Election?

US electorate and policymakers would benefit from an Internet-based global poll on presidential candidates
Yoichi Funabashi
March 17, 2004

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

Taiwan's democratic exercise provokes muscle flexing in Beijing and keeps Western defense industries in business
Jean-Pierre Cabestan
March 12, 2004

China's Taiwan Dilemma

Beijing's obsession with Taiwan could damage its economic and diplomatic prospects, and even threaten Communist rule
Michael Yahuda
February 18, 2004

Regional Fallout from Thai Turmoil

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


Fighting Terrorism in Yemen Requires Patience and Partners

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations have good reason to stabilize Yemen
November 10, 2010

Obama's Visit to Indonesia Mixes Pride With a Dose of Reality

Indonesia, one of Obama's childhood homes, is connected with the US
Chico Harlan
November 10, 2010

Iran Sidesteps Trade Sanctions With Help From Chinese Firms

Iran, sanctioned by the West, finds a friend in China, but pays a price
Ramin Mostaghim, Borzou Daraghi
November 9, 2010

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