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.

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Islamists should resist violence, stay in political process
Roula Khalaf
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As Asia Rises, New Challenges Emerge

Inequality, uncertainty conflict could disrupt rise
Barry Desker
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Snowden’s Revelations Highlight Moral Decline of America

The US, claiming foreigners lack rights, lost moral high ground
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
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France vs EU: Bitter War of Words Escalates

Far right and far left lulled by protectionism
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Brazil Closer to Boeing on Jets Deal

Military investment could reinforce US-Brazilian trade relationship
Brian Winter
May 31, 2013