The Indonesian presidential election brings a fresh leader with a record of clean governance, something this young Asian democracy has been struggling for.
For all its faults as a democracy, the US was able to persuade the two candidates in Afghanistan's third democratic presidential election that they must compromise on a vote recount and power sharing after the result. The world has invested too much in Afghanistan to let it fall to the Taliban or Al Qaeda.
The advance of the Islamic State in Iraq opens an opportunity for Kurds to seek an independent state. But they must be cautious and ensure such a move does not trigger violence. The Middle East needs examples of peaceful means of change.
Most people now live in cities, the UN declares, and more will follow, perhaps marking the 21st century as the Urban Era. Why the attraction to cities? Perhaps it shows rising hopes for progress.
Americans are misfocused on the surge of children crossing the US-Mexican border. The bigger border issue is the rapid rise of heroin trafficking, driven by young Americans switching from prescription painkillers.
This week's round-up of commentary from around the world addresses Canada's relations with the US, why Pakistan wants Hillary Clinton to be the next president, the role of the US in Iraq, the relations between the US and China over North Korea, and the politics surrounding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Letters to the Editor for July 21, 2014 weekly magazine:Gann: Actions taken by Israel in rounding up people suspected of complicity in the kidnapping were entirely legitimate. Horacek: High levels of student loans amongst recent graduates mean they won't be able to save for their future children's college