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.

Turkey Seeks to Lock in Long-Term Security

Sensing US lost interest, Turkey rapidly builds new foreign ties
Soner Cagaptay
November 18, 2013

How to Avert Another Debt-Ceiling Crisis

The threat of default prompts search for alternative financing
James Leitner, Ian Shapiro
November 15, 2013

Typhoon in Philippines Casts Long Shadow Over UN Talks on Climate Treaty

Delegates from small, poor nations worry about the cost of inaction
Henry Fountain, Justin Gillis
November 13, 2013

Snowden and Obama Slow Down Globalization

Uncertainty is an obstacle for politics, trade and security
Irwin M. Stelzer
November 13, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan and the Geopolitics of Disaster Relief

Responses combine strategy and compassion
Rory Medcalf
November 12, 2013