This study comprehensively examines the economic and financial drivers of volatility changes in terms of a cross-country perspective. We review a wide range of studies related to financial volatility forecasting and collect a diverse set of prediction variables. By analyzing them within a unified framework, we find that only a small number of variables contain significant predictive information. Most of all, we discover that among various global market indicators, Chinese stock market movements significantly predict U.S. stock market volatility. Further analyses provide evidence of the effect of Chinese stock market movements on the U.S. stock market.