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.

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

Modi Throws Down Gauntlet to Pakistan and China

Modi no longer holds back criticism on Pakistan’s troubles in Balochistan – which also stings China
Harsh V. Pant
August 25, 2016

Claiming Dominance, China Sheds Pretense of Peaceful Rise

Most of Asia stays mum as a confident China gets its own way while avoiding conflict
Frank Ching
August 23, 2016

World's Mind Made Up on US Presidential Race

Pew Research Center survey in 15 nations: Obama is tough act to follow, Clinton is more trusted than Trump
Bruce Stokes
August 16, 2016

Brexit Could End Up Strengthening the European Union

The European Union closes ranks and wins new support as voters learn that Brexit carries high costs
Chris Miller
August 9, 2016

Capitalist Democracy’s Left-Behinds Challenge the System

Extreme fixes proposed for democracy’s faltering economies and an ineffective political class that’s out of touch
Humphrey Hawksley
August 2, 2016

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