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.

Egypt Court Bans Muslim Brotherhood Activities

Winners of Egypt’s first democratic elections are now deemed criminals
Laura King, Ingy Hassieb
September 25, 2013

Merkel Victory Will Mask Germany's Long-Term Economic Problems

Complacency does not give way to competition
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
September 23, 2013

Did Brazil's President Just Knock Down US Influence a Notch or Two?

Rousseff’s domestic political standing may be an important factor
James Norton
September 18, 2013

Currency Conundrum

India’s dysfunctional politics prompt investors to flee
Nayan Chanda
September 17, 2013

People Will Pay if Army Fails Challenge of Political Islam

Under siege, Islamic politics won’t simply vanish
Amin Saikal
September 9, 2013