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.

Ex-Dictator Had Millions in U.S. Bank

In Pinochet corruption scandal, American bank may be guilty of ignoring ''Know Your Customer'' law
Andres Oppenheimer
July 15, 2004

Europe's Identity Crisis

Fear about the decline of the nation-state encourages anti-immigration sentiments
Steven Erlanger
May 5, 2003

Manila's Iraq Pullout Due to Clout of Overseas Workers

Too many Filipino families depend on 'new heroes' for Manila to ignore hostage threat
Luz Baguioro
July 16, 2004

Latortue Leads Delegation Urgently Seeking Cash Aid

An international donor conference began Monday, with Haitian leaders pressing for $924 million to improve conditions at home
Michael A.W. Ottey
July 20, 2004

U.S. Restrictions on Trips to Cuba are Inhumane

An election-year strategy, families will be divided for three years
Jim Defede
June 29, 2004