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.

Xi Strengthens Ties With Latin America

China is top trade partner for more than 120 nations
Yu Bing
June 7, 2013

Why US Is Being Humiliated by the Hunt for Snowden

Many wonder about a spy program not kept secret and secure
Simon Tisdall
July 9, 2013

Rerouted Morales Plane Has South American Leaders Irate

Europe reroutes Bolivian president’s plane in hunt for Snowden
July 5, 2013

A New Age of Protests

Are governments losing control over national branding?
Frida Ghitis
July 5, 2013

Mursi Role at Syria Rally Seen as Tipping Point for Egypt Army

Egypt’s military is not keen on “holy war”
Yasmine Saleh, Tom Perry
July 3, 2013