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.

Obama and the World: Time to Deliver

From Middle East to Asia, intractable problems await the new president’s bold initiatives
Bruce Stokes
January 28, 2009

One Hand Clapping in the Caucasus

Global forces helped to push change, but the region’s long-term success is not assured
Kenneth Weisbrode
January 26, 2004

Argentina Stuck on the Periphery of a Globalized World

A corrupt and selfish elite has squandered the country's chance to shine
Jean-Pierre Lehmann
February 20, 2004

The Fallout of Pakistani Revelations on North Korea

Details about sales to North Korea could prove valuable in containing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions
Phillip C. Saunders
February 23, 2004

Obama: Hoping for Pacific Free Trade Plan by 2012

The plan could eliminate trade barriers, boost regulatory standards for 21 member economies
Elaine Kurtenbach
November 14, 2011

The Popular Mandate

Greeks get no say in euro deal
Nayan Chanda
November 8, 2011

The Globalization of Protest

Frustration builds with governments and financial systems that reinforce inequality
Joseph E. Stiglitz
November 8, 2011

Europe Sneezes, India Catches a Cold

Global cooperation and reforms could stem the economic pain
Nayan Chanda
November 2, 2011

London Is Under Constant Attack From Europe

The global financial services capital resists EU regulations
James Kirkup
October 28, 2011