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.

Turkey’s Authoritarian Turn

Protests resist attacks on secular ways
Seyla Benhabib
June 6, 2013

Vietnam PM Seeks Regional Unity as China Pushes Maritime Claims

Unilateral might can undermine international law
John O'Callaghan
June 4, 2013

Japan's Shinzo Abe Hails Africa as “Growth Center”

Japan’s aid package offers alternative to Chinese influence
June 4, 2013

Lobbying for the Greater Good

Ordinary citizens can lobby, too
David Bornstein
June 3, 2013

Tunisia Turns Up Heat on the Salafis

Extremists promote social welfare in Tunisia, jihad in nearby states
Roula Khalaf
May 30, 2013