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

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

The Omnipresent Craft: Graft

Transparency International, other internet resources rank and combat corruption
Nayan Chanda
February 4, 2014

The Specter of Mass Killings in Burma

Militant monks who attack religious minorities are giving Buddhism a bad name
Larry Diamond
February 3, 2014

Why the Ukraine Crisis Should Be a Concern, As We Mark the Centenary of WWI

Political divisions linger throughout Europe
Ailish O'Hora
January 31, 2014

Per Fars News Agency, US Run by Nazi Aliens

Interviewer skeptical about claims that aliens “don’t interfere with our affairs” unless invited
Max Fisher
January 24, 2014

Of Aam Aadmi Party and the Aam Aadmi

Populism could reduce retail options for India’s common consumer
Nayan Chanda
January 24, 2014