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.

International Students Find Roles in US Presidential Campaign

US colleges encourage civic engagement, so international students attend rallies, write op-eds and volunteer for presidential candidates
Paul Elish and Susan Froetschel
March 22, 2016

Choices by US Voters Will Influence the World

The US presidential campaign is dominated by global issues including trade, immigration and terrorism – and voters have mixed feelings
Bruce Stokes
March 17, 2016

Corruption Threatens Ukraine's Hard-Earned Freedom

Russia and the West compete for influence in Ukraine, but Kiev must reduce corruption to control its destiny
Chris Miller
March 14, 2016

After EU Deal, British Voters Weigh Costs and Benefits of Brexit

British prime minister lauds new deal with the EU, and the voters will decide on Brexit in June
David R. Cameron
February 25, 2016

However Annoying, Failure to Engage Russia Is Not an Option

A strategic objective in engaging Russia must emphasize the profitability of balanced foreign policy in bridging East and West
Jochen Prantl
February 16, 2016

A Window of Opportunity for Reforms in Vietnam

Vietnam’s cautious, conservative leader may be authoritarian, but cannot ignore public opinion on US or China
Dien Luong
February 4, 2016

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Trump Spells End of Normality for Europe

The EU, once viewed as an answer to globalization, is perceived as problem
Melanie Amann, Horand Knaup, Martin Knobbe, Peter Müller, Ralf Neukirch, René Pfister, Michael Sauga and Christoph Schult
November 14, 2016

Understanding Latin America’s New Political Paradigm

Economic conditions decide elections
Ernesto Talvi
November 11, 2016

What the Tea Party Tells Us About the Trump Presidency

Some billionaires prefer democracy as a disappearing act
Vanessa Williamson
November 9, 2016

The World Is Watching America's Election

Voters line up at the polls, and US leaders could show that democracy still works
Frida Ghitis
November 8, 2016

China Bars Activists From Taking Seats in Hong Kong Legislature

The move limits independent governance for Hong Kong
Jason Thomson
November 8, 2016

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