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.

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

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


The Presidency, Chained to the World

Global forces dictate course that may not win popularity at home
Matt Bai
September 14, 2010

Changing Paradigms

As banking norms become tougher, US and European banks focus on business in China
Nayan Chanda
September 13, 2010

Petraeus Condemns US Church's Plan to Burn Korans

US general takes time off from combat to chastise extremists at home
Julian E. Barnes, Matthew Rosenberg
September 7, 2010

New Dissent in Japan Is Loudly Anti-Foreign

Discontents study the US Tea Party movement as role model for anger
Martin Fackler
August 31, 2010

Intelligence Loopholes

Controlling information is power
Nayan Chanda
August 30, 2010