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.

Trump-Xi Summit: New Beginning on a Rocky Road

Robert A. Manning
April 11, 2017

The Crisis of Democracy

Joanna Korey
March 30, 2017

Sea Change Awaits Trump in Thailand

Benjamin Zawacki
February 23, 2017

China Has Chance to Undercut US by Wooing Taiwan

Humphrey Hawksley
February 14, 2017

The Trump Factor in the French Election

Le Pen of France, like Trump, capitalizes on discontent over the establishment, job and cultural insecurity
François Godement
February 7, 2017

Ireland, Brexit and Opportunity: Conversation

Liam Kennedy
February 7, 2019

Foreign Policy: Trump’s State of the Union

Robbie Gramer and Amy Mackinnon
February 6, 2019

BBC: UK Ready for No-Deal Brexit?

Chris Morris
February 1, 2019

Washington Post: Fight in Venezuela

Mariana Zuñiga, Anthony Faiola and Rachelle Krygier
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El País: Globalization of Polarization

Moisés Naím
January 28, 2019