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.

The Plight of the Globe’s Domestic Workers

ILO points out the work category reflects inequality in terms of wages, gender, geographic locale
Susan Froetschel
January 15, 2014

Why Chinese-Japanese Economic Relations Are Improving

China’s exports rely on parts from Japan; Japan’s firms rely on Asian expansion plans
Richard Katz
January 9, 2014

How Globalization Isolates Struggling Cities

Struggling regions and cities should cooperate to build local ties
Aaron M. Renn
January 8, 2014

Japan Minister Follows Abe to War Shrine, Pouring Salt on Wound for China

The visits erode regional trust and respect
January 3, 2014

Who Should Lead the Global Economy?

A strong legal system and ability to connect economies help
Harold James, Domenico Lombardi
December 24, 2013