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.

Brexit Agonistes

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Cold War in the Islamic World

Susan Froetschel
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Will Another Cold War Follow Trade War?

Stephen Roach
April 2, 2019

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Agnia Grigas
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Nationalist Surge Divides India: New York Times

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Brexit and Europe's 23 May Elections: Guardian

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