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.

As Obama Takes Office, Global Press Turns to Regional Concerns

Obama inaugurates a global moment where hope outshines doubt
Richard Wike
January 23, 2009

Politically Incorrect

The hard facts of climate change may end political protection for industries that pollute or fail to conserve energy
Nayan Chanda
January 23, 2009

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