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.

Arab World Risks Missing its Development Goals

Conference considers regional strategy to put Arab countries back on development path
Majdoline Hatoum
April 2, 2004

American Troops Are Killing and Abusing Afghans, Rights Body Says

International watchdog worries that the US is hurting its own war on terrorism
Brian Whitaker
March 8, 2004

Failing Iraq

One year on most Iraqis agree the US occupation of Iraq has been a failure
Graham Usher
March 19, 2004

Israeli Assassination Draws World Outrage

In the latest move in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hamas leader is killed, drawing international protest
March 22, 2004

A Million Yassins?

Shocked at Sheikh Ahmed Yassin's assassination, Egyptians are crying resistance
Amira Howeidy
March 26, 2004