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.

Can America Regain Its Soft Power After Abu Ghraib?

With the openness of its democratic processes, America will prevail
Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
July 29, 2004

'Bad Press' Causing Headaches for Beijing

Chinese leadership struggles to control freedom of expression
Paul Mooney
July 22, 2004

UN Efforts in Iraq No Walk in the Park

Unlike the UN's experience in Cambodia, continuing violence and a weak government pose huge challenges to election preparations in Iraq
Benny Widyono
August 5, 2004

India’s Kinder and Gentler Globalization

The new government wants to show it can take care of the neediest while promoting investment and exports
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
August 3, 2004

Quo Vadis America?

The US can recover from the current mess, but the days of hegemony are over
Immanuel Wallerstein
July 13, 2004

America's Korea Policy Needs an Overhaul

Anti-US sentiment in North and South stems from Washington's misguided economic and security positions
Stephen W. Linton
July 20, 2004

Saudi Arabia: Atheists Are Terrorists

The nation cracks down on political dissent
Adam Withnall
April 4, 2014

Of Climate and Political Change

India’s political leaders take a wait-and-see attitude on climate change
Nayan Chanda
April 3, 2014

The Cult of Cronyism

Global corporate interests prefer candidate in India who can manage corruption in predictable way
Siddharth Varadarajan
April 2, 2014

Obama Seeks to Repair Frayed Ties With Saudi Arabia

But on some issues, allies must go their own way
Ellen Knickmeyer, Maria Abi-Habib and Ahmed Al Omran
March 31, 2014

Media Under Attack From Hackers: Google Researchers

Such attacks suggest journalists are doing their job
Jeremy Wagstaff
March 28, 2014