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 Debates Its “Peaceful Rise” Strategy

Is a kinder, gentler Beijing the best route to development?
Evan S. Medeiros
June 22, 2004

Washington Hopes for the Best; Beijing Prepares for the Worst

Following the reelection of Chen Shui-bian, window narrows for a peaceful settlement
Richard Baum
May 24, 2004

Putin: Talk Like a Democrat, Walk Like an Autocrat

Economic realities and Western nudging may yet change his gait
Strobe Talbott
May 12, 2004

How Far East Can Europe Go?

Turkey wants to join the EU, but some say Europe ends where Islam begins
Shada Islam
May 3, 2004

Hit by Spanish Withdrawal Syndrome

Spain's pull-out of Iraq raises fear of further erosion in trans-Atlantic relations
Shada Islam
April 21, 2004

US Attempt at Domination Hobbled by Contradiction

Washington cannot mix mercantilist security strategy with global laissez-faire economy
Michael Kraig
April 19, 2004

Spitzenkandidats: EU Parliament Elections Become Explosive

Frontrunner status becomes toxic
Christoph Pauly and Christoph Schult
March 19, 2014

Ukraine: Goodbye Cold War, Hello Globalized Economy

The battle is no longer among ideologues but among the wealthy
Remi Piet
March 18, 2014

Fig Leaf of Legitimacy

Short-term strategic concerns trump concerns about sovereignty for Ukraine
Nayan Chanda
March 17, 2014

Ten Nations Scour Sea for Malaysia Jet Lost in “Unprecedented Mystery”

Investigation centers on stolen passports
Eveline Danubrata and Nguyen Phuong Linh
March 10, 2014

The New Ukraine: Inside Kiev's House of Cards

Corruption won’t vanish overnight
Christian Neef, Wladimir Pyljow and Matthias Schepp
March 6, 2014