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.

Taiwan's Challenge to China and the World - Part II

A ‘Greater Chinese Union' offers best political solution
Linda Jakobson
March 15, 2004

Ending the Divide

Spain's election result draws Europe closer together on Iraq, war on terror
Shada Islam
March 19, 2004

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

The Gordian Knot of Gaza

Solution to Israeli-Palestinian issue must combine aspirations of the Arab citizens with regional interest
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A Dangerous Void in Pakistan

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March 4, 2009

Two Talibans and India

The Taliban can keep fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, or target an external foe
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February 24, 2014

Ukraine President and Opponents Sign Deal in Bid to End Violence

Europe helped broker the deal
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February 21, 2014

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Political parties discover subsidies carry an array of costs
Nayan Chanda
February 20, 2014

Microsoft Blames “System Error,” Denies Censoring Chinese Search Results

Online discrepancies are obvious
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VW claims that work councils, or unions, are key to success
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