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.

Foreign Policy Goes Local

Competitive cities and states craft their own foreign policy
Rodrigo Tavares
October 11, 2013

Bad Policies Caused the Lampedusa Tragedy

Horrific inequality is behind the tragic risks
Hans-Jürgen Schlamp
October 10, 2013

Our Democracy Is at Stake

A few politicians regard compromise as weakness and risk all
Thomas L. Friedman
October 4, 2013

Sweden's NSA Spy Links “Deeply Troubling”

Hearings suggest NSA had plenty of helpers in Europe, but politicians were kept in the dark
David Landes
October 3, 2013

Beginning of the End for Washington

Fast-changing US demographics may challenge dysfunctional US
Ron Fournier
October 1, 2013