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.

China’s Quiet Activists

Work by a network of NGOs to help people without challenging authorities gains new recognition
Shawn Shieh
February 25, 2009

End Game in Sri Lanka

Global factors bring long civil war to a close, but only reconciliation can end an extremist ideology
Harsh V. Pant
February 23, 2009

China Reluctant to Lead

Unless Beijing assumes its global responsibility, the US will be left to act alone
Orville Schell
March 11, 2009

The Gordian Knot of Gaza

Solution to Israeli-Palestinian issue must combine aspirations of the Arab citizens with regional interest
Tamara Cofman Wittes
March 6, 2009

A Dangerous Void in Pakistan

As the US plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, the country next door seems rudderless
Ahmed Rashid
March 4, 2009

At Last, Justice Comes to Cambodia

Cold War politics overlooked genocide and other atrocities
Benny Widyono
February 13, 2009

Of the Party, For the Party

In China, political power brings wealth, and reform is not easy
Nayan Chanda
April 17, 2013

UN Passes Landmark Arms Treaty

Nations would be obligated to avoid trade with human rights violators
Andre de Nesnera
April 15, 2013

Chinese President Xi Jinping Expresses Concern Over North Korea’s Rhetoric

Kim’s threats attract US military to region
William Wan
April 10, 2013

Pressured by China, Apple Apologizes for Warranty Policies

Chinese consumers show their might with mass complaint
David Barboza, Nick Wingfield
April 3, 2013

Moscow’s Mysterious Move on Cyprus

Despite rhetoric, neither Putin or Merkel are eager to rescue tax evaders
Owen Matthews
March 28, 2013