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.

Russia Needs Options to Deal with China

To avoid marginalization and over-reliance on China, Russia should repair ties with the West
Thomas Graham
May 3, 2016

Memorandum to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

The next US president can rescue global trade and resuscitate the US workforce
From: Jeffrey E. Garten
April 28, 2016

OPEC’s Control Over Global Oil Prices Slips Away

In a competitive oil market with regional rivalries, OPEC members fail to coordinate production levels
Chris Miller
April 26, 2016

Obama's Cautious and Calibrated Approach to an Assertive China

Whether the US-China relationship after Obama continues with confrontation or cooperation may be in Xi’s hands
Robert Sutter
April 19, 2016

China, Russia Seek to Profit as the EU Beacon of Democracy Goes Dim

The EU – divided over debt, entitlements and refugees – confronts authoritarian politics at home and from afar
Humphrey Hawksley
April 5, 2016

Modi’s Middle East Outreach

With visits to Saudi Arabia and UAE, Modi aims to position India globally so as to isolate Pakistan
Harsh V. Pant
March 31, 2016

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China and Russia Take the Helm of Interpol

The organization's motto is “connecting police for a safer world”
Robbie Gramer
November 21, 2016

South Korea’s Park Faces Existential Question of Survival

Park’s term ends with 2017, and early resignation could shift policies on North Korea
Donald Kirk
November 18, 2016

Trump Gives Carbon Price Foes New Line of Attack

China and other countries view alternative energies as a means for economic growth
Aaron Wherry
November 17, 2016

Spain’s Parties Split Over Royal Visit to Saudi Arabia

Political groups weigh economic benefits versus human-rights violations
Juan José Mateo Ruiz Gàlvez and Francesco Manetto
November 16, 2016

The Age of Pain

Social distress contributes to populism and governments must address systemic causes
William Davies
November 15, 2016

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