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.

China Turns on Charm Offensive for Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

Bhutan may be in the middle of a power play between regional rivals – long-time protector India and China
Bertil Lintiner
September 22, 2016

Rise of Right-Wing Populism: A Manifesto for the Moderate Left

An economist offers a path forward for liberals to respond to rising right-wing anger and populism
Pranab Bardhan
September 15, 2016

Uzbekistan Juggles Ties With Russia, China, Other Great Powers

Death of Karimov, ruler for 27 years, won’t end Uzbekistan’s exploiting its geostrategic location in Central Asia
Dilip Hiro
September 13, 2016

Meant to Promote Cooperation, G20 Meeting Shows Discord

G20 leaders, many embattled and questioned at home, struggle to manage globalization or explain its rewards
Chris Miller
September 6, 2016

Despite Chinese Shadows, Southeast Asian Friendship With US Worth Cultivating

The US has strengthened political, cultural, commercial ties with ASEAN that will last long after Obama leaves office
Satu Limaye
September 1, 2016

G20 Summit: Leaving West to Deal With Crises, China Focuses on Positives

G20 agenda hints at China’s vision for global order with focus on long-term rather than immediate concerns
François Godement
August 30, 2016

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Argentina Omits Falkland Islands from Map; Online Uproar Swiftly Follows

Longstanding territorial disputes remain controversial
Federico Rivas Molina
January 11, 2017

Obama: Reaching Out to Adversaries, Alienating Allies

Obama’s criticism of allies did not appear to shape values in Israel or the Philippines
Uri Friedman
January 5, 2017

With Trump, Amerexit?

Nationalistic and isolationist policies will diminish US leadership
Nayan Chanda
November 25, 2016

The US: A Country That Can Be Ignored

US may be moving toward transactional diplomacy, and its foreign-policy community is ill-prepared
Leonid Bershidsky
December 27, 2016

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