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.

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

A Dangerous Void in Pakistan

As the US plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, the country next door seems rudderless
Ahmed Rashid
March 4, 2009

At Last, Justice Comes to Cambodia

Cold War politics overlooked genocide and other atrocities
Benny Widyono
February 13, 2009

China's Taiwan Dilemma

Beijing's obsession with Taiwan could damage its economic and diplomatic prospects, and even threaten Communist rule
Michael Yahuda
February 18, 2004

Jobs Can Be Outsourced, Not Politics

By linking job loss to trade, politicians have always courted economic ruin
Harold James
March 24, 2004

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

Online discrepancies are obvious
Dominic Rushe
February 13, 2014

Tennessee Legislators Threaten to Withhold Incentives if VW workers Choose Union

VW claims that work councils, or unions, are key to success
Brent Snavely
February 12, 2014

China and Taiwan in First Government Talks

Meeting between two presidents may be next
Martin Patience
February 12, 2014

Turkey Approves Harsh New Internet Law

Governments take control of the internet
Joshua Hersh
February 10, 2014

Islamabad Hides Behind Taliban Talks

Pakistanis wonder if either side can accept compromise?
Shams uz Zaman
February 7, 2014