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.

If UN Fails, We All Do

To maintain international faith in the UN, its peacekeeping missions must become a shared endeavor
Fareed Zakaria
December 9, 2004

The Green Beast Is Out of Control

Environmental and animal rights groups cross the line in blackmailing international corporations
Miranda Devine
December 2, 2004

Re-Popularizing Peace

With Egypt resuming its attempts to facilitate Middle East peace on both the Syrian and Palestinian tracks, the latter looks more likely to work
December 3, 2004

A UN for This Century, Not the Last One

Kofi Annan's visionary report gives short shrift to pre-emptive strikes
Robin Cook
December 3, 2004

Nuclear Disclosures on Iran Unverified

Shortly after Iran struck a deal with the EU, US officials are now checking evidence of nuclear weapons development
Dafna Linzer
November 19, 2004