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.

Brexit Blues in Central Europe

Eurosceptic rhetoric among Hungary, Poland and other Central Europe EU newcomers belies strong attachments
Joji Sakurai
July 28, 2016

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

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