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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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

Crackdown in Turkey Threatens a Haven of Gender Equality Built by the Kurds

The West does not view the Kurds as terrorists
Rod Nordland
December 26, 2016

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