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.

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

Still Waiting For The President's `Humble' Foreign Policy

It is time to return to the middle path between present unilateralism and isolationism of the past
Gustav Ranis
February 12, 2004

Countering Suspicions

The Berlin meeting of British, French and German leaders was merely a coalition of the willing
Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger
February 20, 2004

Interviews Deter Thousands of Chinese Brides

But human smugglers find way around Taiwanese entrance requirements
Cody Yiu
February 5, 2004

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