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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A Europe of Merkel and Fillon?

Elections could further strengthen ties between two neighboring powerhouses
Camille Pecastaing
December 6, 2016

Italy Sinks Into Political Limbo as Defeat Sweeps Renzi Away

But Austria election shows support for the EU
John Follain and Chiara Albanese
December 5, 2016

Divisions Within Afghanistan’s Government Reach New Crisis Point

The government confronts instability and US leadership transition
Pamela Constable
December 1, 2016

President Erdogan: I Will Open Gates for Migrants to Enter Europe if EU Blocks Membership Talks

Refugees have become a pawn for governments
Caroline Mortimer
November 30, 2016

Promises Trump Can’t Keep

To fulfill job promises, Trump must curtail automation and productivity
Nayan Chanda
November 28, 2016

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