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.

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A corrupt and selfish elite has squandered the country's chance to shine
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Details about sales to North Korea could prove valuable in containing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions
Phillip C. Saunders
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Libya has advantages over Egypt, Tunisia or Iraq
Brian Whitaker
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In era of globalization, one man’s idea quickly galvanizes many
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The Global Era and the End of Foreign Policy

New foreign-policy thinking must tackle domestic policies
Philip Zelikow
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Big democracies flounder in tackling global crisis
David Ignatius
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