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

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

Regional Fallout from Thai Turmoil

Political wrangling threatens stability and prosperity throughout Southeast Asia
Bertil Lintner
January 15, 2009

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

Moscow’s Mysterious Move on Cyprus

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

Saudi Arabia “Threatens Skype Ban”

Saudis enjoy calling freedoms from free apps
March 28, 2013

No Shift in Iran's Nuclear Behavior, Despite Sanctions

Sanctions may have strengthened leaders' resolve
Joby Warrick, Anne Gearan
March 21, 2013

EU Fails to Speak With One Voice on Syria

Polarization dulls EU influence
Joshua Chaffin
March 19, 2013

Growing Divide in Saudi Arabia Between Rulers, Ruled

Crackdown on criticism triggers resistance
Karen Elliott House
March 15, 2013