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.

A Coup Is Foiled in Turkey, What Next?

Failed coup attempt in Turkey ushers in harsh response, reducing chances for reforms
Marc Grossman
July 19, 2016

A Quarter Century of Market Reform Leaves India Richer With Wider Inequality

India joined global markets with its 1991 New Economic Policy, lifting GDP, but the income gap widened
Dilip Hiro
July 12, 2016

Brexit and Bust: Britain Plunges Into the Unknown

The UK votes to leave the EU, and fury over cross-border economic and political cooperation won’t subside
Daniel Twining
June 23, 2016

The Politics of Memory: Tiananmen at 27

China’s leaders moved ahead with economic reforms soon after the Tiananmen crackdown, but silenced politics and memories
Nick Frisch
June 14, 2016

Does Europe Need Brexit?

The shocks of Brexit could galvanize a smaller EU toward integration, common institutions and direct elections
Alan Stoga
June 9, 2016

Ambition and Chinese Hostility Push India Closer to the US

Modi envisions India as a leading power in shaping global outcomes and seeks US support
Harsh V. Pant
June 7, 2016

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Trump, CIA on Collision Course Over Russia’s Role in US Election

The US confronts many complex threats that require analysis by intelligence officials
David Nakamura and Greg Miller
December 12, 2016

A Europe of Merkel and Fillon?

Elections could further strengthen ties between two neighboring powerhouses
Camille Pecastaing
December 6, 2016

Italy Sinks Into Political Limbo as Defeat Sweeps Renzi Away

But Austria election shows support for the EU
John Follain and Chiara Albanese
December 5, 2016

Divisions Within Afghanistan’s Government Reach New Crisis Point

The government confronts instability and US leadership transition
Pamela Constable
December 1, 2016

President Erdogan: I Will Open Gates for Migrants to Enter Europe if EU Blocks Membership Talks

Refugees have become a pawn for governments
Caroline Mortimer
November 30, 2016

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