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.

US Election and the World – Part I

Secular Europe worries that relations with the deeply religious United States are headed for the rocks
Patrice de Beer
November 8, 2004

US Election and the World – Part II

Despite potential for positive change, the Middle East is wary – even fearful – of Bush's second term
Rami G. Khouri
November 10, 2004

US Presidential Campaigns and the World – Part II

The world may be worried, but the US presidential candidates are curiously mum on the environment
Alan Bisbort
October 20, 2004

US Presidential Campaigns and the World – Part I

Candidates' thrashing of the global marketplace is not in America's strategic interests
Kyle Usrey
October 18, 2004

Is Putin an Anti-Globalization Hero?

Despite his tough stance on the IMF or moves against corporate malfeasance, activists worry about his motive
Liliana N. Proskuryakova
November 3, 2004

US Election and the World – Part IV

Though dissatisfied with Bush's policies, Africans must come to terms with the realities of US power
Zubeida Jaffer
November 15, 2004

When Flimsy States Don't Fail

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan co-opt local elites and cling to power
Lawrence P. Markowitz
April 30, 2014

In Global Health, Abortion Bears the Scarlet A

The US leads the fight against abortion
Jill Filipovic
April 30, 2014

Palestinian Agreement on Unity Government Troubles Israel, US

Palestine could schedule elections this year
Ahmed Abuhamda and Nicholas Casey
April 25, 2014

Reform of Bretton Woods Institutions: The IMF Might Not Live to See Its Anniversary

Countries impatient for reform may form an alternative lending organization
Valentin Katasonov
April 24, 2014

Is Bangladesh’s Foreign Policy Becoming India- and Russia-Centric?

Abstention on UN Crimea resolution does not signal neutrality
Harun ur Rashid
April 18, 2014