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.

Moments Before the Union, "Old" Europe Gets Cold Feet

Fear of an avalanche of migration is making the western states nervous about enlarging Europe
Shada Islam
March 3, 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

Obama and the World: Time to Deliver

From Middle East to Asia, intractable problems await the new president’s bold initiatives
Bruce Stokes
January 28, 2009

One Hand Clapping in the Caucasus

Global forces helped to push change, but the region’s long-term success is not assured
Kenneth Weisbrode
January 26, 2004

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

Would-Be Canadian Citizens Set to Fight Oath to Queen

Immigrants claim oath is unconstitutional
Jeff Gray
July 21, 2013

The Arab Spring: Has It Failed?

Democracy is a work in progress
July 16, 2013

Algeria’s Shadow Hangs Over Egypt’s Revolution

Islamists should resist violence, stay in political process
Roula Khalaf
July 11, 2013

As Asia Rises, New Challenges Emerge

Inequality, uncertainty conflict could disrupt rise
Barry Desker
July 11, 2013

Snowden’s Revelations Highlight Moral Decline of America

The US, claiming foreigners lack rights, lost moral high ground
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
July 9, 2013