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.

June to November

The Bush administration's desperation to have an interim Iraqi government in place by 30 June is the tip of the iceberg
Khaled Dawoud
June 4, 2004

CANF: Cuba's Liberty Lies with Activists

On the 102nd anniversary of Cuba's independence from Spain, the key to political change on the island rests with its dissidents
Luisa Yanez
May 21, 2004

Arab Presence at G-8 Summit

Landmark G8 focus on the Arab world could bring unity in tackling issues of the Middle East
Mohammed A. R. Galadari
May 25, 2004

Nations Vow Corruption Fight

The Organization of American States pledges to fight corruption, adopts a resolution on defending democracies
Nancy San Martin
June 9, 2004

Danube Blues

The past is casting a long shadow over Hungary's accession to the EU
Ben Aris
April 26, 2004