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.

Tremors of Global Insecurity Reach Shangri-La

Nepal's response to the brutal killings of 12 workers in Iraq threatens the country's vital labor export
Kesang Sherpa
September 27, 2004

Koizumi's Change-Up

The West should not dismiss Japanese reform, as recent cabinet reshuffle is indicative of a larger trend
William Antholis
October 8, 2004

The Great Reverse – Part II

Both Southeast Asia and the US have to adjust to China's rising star
Marvin Ott
September 6, 2004

The End of Unipolarity

The notion of the US as solitary "hyperpower" is outmoded in today's globalized world
Gautam Adhikari
September 17, 2004

The Day A Nuclear Conflict Was Averted

During the 1999 Kargil crisis, Clinton’s forceful diplomacy pulled Pakistan back from the nuclear brink
Strobe Talbott
September 13, 2004

Signs Across the Atlantic: 'Europeans for Kerry!'

Europeans watch and wait for a change of guard in Washington
Shada Islam
August 12, 2004

Testing Times for Globalization

Anti-immigration policies do not solve challenges of inequality, corruption or unsustainability
Nayan Chanda
April 21, 2014

“Partner for Russia”: Europe's Far Right Flirts With Moscow

The partners would prefer weak EU governance
Charles Hawley
April 16, 2014

Chinese Premier Li Warns Southeast Asia Nations Against “Provocations”

China sends mixed message on cooperation
Andrew Browne
April 11, 2014

Non-Resident Supporters Prop Up AAP's Lok Sabha Campaign

Indian diaspora steps up to organize for candidates
Himanshi Dhawan
April 9, 2014

Relief in Afghanistan After Largely Peaceful Landmark Election

Voters take step to control their country
Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati
April 7, 2014