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

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


G-20 to Push Current Balance Guidelines

Leaders of the largest economies pledge to resist protectionism and global imbalances
Kim Yon-se
November 12, 2010

Israeli Settlement Plan Sparks International Outrage

Israel stubbornly plans settlements on occupied land, defying international law
Harriet Sherwood
November 11, 2010

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