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


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

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