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.

Granting Snowden Asylum Could Help and Hurt Ecuador's Leader

Exposure of US surveillance – is it reporting or spying?
Chris Kraul, Pablo Jaramillo Viteri
June 28, 2013

Prism Informant: Moscow Welcomes Snowden With Open Arms

Snowden finds friends in Russia; Putin calculates what’s in it for him
Benjamin Bidder
June 25, 2013

Extending a Hand, Obama Finds Cold Shoulder Abroad

Even allies are disappointed
Mark Landler, Peter Baker
June 19, 2013

G8 Leaders Side Step Fate of Syria’s Assad

The group endorses the notion of peace talks
Arthur Beesley
June 18, 2013

Bermuda Refuses to Sign Up to Cameron's Tax Evasion Deal

Many tax havens are under British control
Patrick Wintour
June 18, 2013