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.

On the Selling of the Egyptian Coup

Morsi’s opponents and supporters each claim their tactics represent democracy
Ken Silverstein
August 1, 2013

Mob Rule

Organized crime thrives on instability
Christian Caryl
July 26, 2013

US Urged to Adopt Policy Justifying Intervention

Syria may be case for “responsibility to protect”
Mark Landler
July 25, 2013

Would-Be Canadian Citizens Set to Fight Oath to Queen

Immigrants claim oath is unconstitutional
Jeff Gray
July 21, 2013

The Arab Spring: Has It Failed?

Democracy is a work in progress
July 16, 2013