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.

A Torrent of Hyperbole

Charge of petty crime and routine arrest lead to diplomatic crisis
Nayan Chanda
December 23, 2013

There’s No Such Thing as a Global Citizen

Yet good citizenship may overlap at the local, national and global levels
Jakub Grygiel
December 17, 2013

China Loses North Korea Link, But May Welcome Purge

No nation or individual can feel secure over North Korea
December 13, 2013

Ukraine Intends to Sign EU Pact, Says Ashton; US Mulls Sanctions

West pressures Ukraine for quick decision
Shaun Walker
December 12, 2013

Thai Democracy Enters Dangerous New Crossroads

Protesters want to ban populist policies
Todd Pitman
December 10, 2013