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'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

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

Taiwan's Challenge to China and the World - Part I

Taiwan's democratic exercise provokes muscle flexing in Beijing and keeps Western defense industries in business
Jean-Pierre Cabestan
March 12, 2004

Why Not a World Poll Before the US Election?

US electorate and policymakers would benefit from an Internet-based global poll on presidential candidates
Yoichi Funabashi
March 17, 2004

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

France vs EU: Bitter War of Words Escalates

Far right and far left lulled by protectionism
June 24, 2013

Brazil Closer to Boeing on Jets Deal

Military investment could reinforce US-Brazilian trade relationship
Brian Winter
May 31, 2013

Xi Strengthens Ties With Latin America

China is top trade partner for more than 120 nations
Yu Bing
June 7, 2013

Why US Is Being Humiliated by the Hunt for Snowden

Many wonder about a spy program not kept secret and secure
Simon Tisdall
July 9, 2013

Rerouted Morales Plane Has South American Leaders Irate

Europe reroutes Bolivian president’s plane in hunt for Snowden
July 5, 2013