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.

Looking over the Horizon

The Head of the US National Intelligence Council Assesses America's Strategic Challenges
Robert L. Hutchings
March 22, 2004

Clearing Clouds Over the Karakoram Pass

Sino-Pakistani cooperation in fighting terrorism improves relations, but other challenges may arise
Ziad Haider
March 29, 2004

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

Buying Iran Oil Is Good Economics and Politics

For India, strong ties with Iran are a must
September 4, 2013

Philippines Web Activists Show Power of Internet Campaigns

Transparency curtailed government spending
James Hookway, Joesphine Cuneta
August 26, 2013

How to Keep the NSA Out of Your Computer

Activists borrow an idea from the rural poor and build their own internet
Clive Thompson
August 21, 2013

People Will Pay if Army Fails Challenge of Political Islam

Under siege, Islamic politics won’t simply vanish
Amin Saikal
August 15, 2013

Obama’s Putin Snub Puts New Focus on Moscow’s China Ties

G20 cooperation is under cloud before meeting begins
Geoff Dyer, Courtney Weaver
August 9, 2013