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.

Why Not a World Poll Before the US Election?

US electorate and policymakers would benefit from an Internet-based global poll on presidential candidates
Yoichi Funabashi
March 17, 2004

Divergence Grows Between China and the West – Part II

A coordinated international response might soften Chinese intransigence over Tibet
Michael C. Davis
December 23, 2008

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

The Virtual Middle Class Rises

Digital connectivity, not income, is sparking a revolution
Thomas L. Friedman
February 5, 2013

Ambassador: Germany Needs Skilled Workers From India

Studying German language first would be helpful
February 4, 2013

Obama Looks Inward, America’s Allies Worry

The US, intent on economic fixes, may force nations to plead for military interventions
Gideon Rachman
January 30, 2013

China-Myanmar Pipeline to Open in May

The alternative route is shorter, helps decrease dependence on coal
Jamil Anderlini, Gwen Robinson
January 28, 2013

US and China Come Together Over Defiant North Korea

China loses patience with belligerent North, agrees to UN sanctions
January 25, 2013