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.

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Details about sales to North Korea could prove valuable in containing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions
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Obama Gets His Groove Back in Asia

But the part-cooperative, part-competitive US-Chinese relationship is not sustainable
Robert A. Manning
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Chinese Territorial Strife Hits Archaeology

Chinese archeologists hope to bolster claims to South China Sea research
Jeremy Page
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Analysis: Saudis Have Few Options as They Push Tougher Foreign Policy

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Angus McDowall
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Russia struggles to win over citizens in former Soviet republics
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A Dangerous Interregnum

A power shift is underway and cannot be avoided
Roger Cohen
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