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.

Fischer Sees Turkey's Membership in EU as Part of War on Terror

German foreign minister speaks out for EU constitution, against direct democracy
Sam Hapgood
March 5, 2004

A Year After Iraq War: Mistrust of America in Europe Ever Higher, Muslim Anger Persists

Nine-country survey reveals gaps in views of war on terror and Iraq war
March 16, 2004

Afghanistan’s Perilous Roads: Allies Struggle to Find Safer Supply Route

NATO looks to one-time “axis of evil” member for safe route into war zone
Dieter Bednarz
February 18, 2009

Kerry Donors Include 'Benedict Arnolds'

Candidate decries tax-haven firms while accepting executives' aid
Jim VandeHei
February 26, 2004

The War on Drugs Is a Failure

Three former presidents of nations in Latin America call for an end to the US war-on-drugs policy
Fernando Henrique Cardoso
February 23, 2009

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