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.

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

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

Japan's Shinzo Abe Hails Africa as “Growth Center”

Japan’s aid package offers alternative to Chinese influence
June 4, 2013

Lobbying for the Greater Good

Ordinary citizens can lobby, too
David Bornstein
June 3, 2013

Tunisia Turns Up Heat on the Salafis

Extremists promote social welfare in Tunisia, jihad in nearby states
Roula Khalaf
May 30, 2013

Afghans Nervous as Nawaz Sharif Returns

Will Sharif pursue intervention or trade?
Hafizullah Gardesh, Mina Habib
May 29, 2013