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.

Thai PM Risks Losing Populist Touch

Much-lauded leader may become first political victim of avian flu
Tim Luard
January 28, 2004

Goh Urges Portugal to Renew Old Ties

Citing historic links with Lisbon, Singapore’s Prime Minister hopes to rekindle a relationship
Tan Tarn How
December 4, 2003

Just Say No to Progressive Values

In rejecting the EU constitution, the French left may have allowed its hatred for Jaques Chirac trump its own best interests
Ian Williams
June 1, 2005

Countering Suspicions

The Berlin meeting of British, French and German leaders was merely a coalition of the willing
Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger
February 20, 2004

An Ancient Model for China's New Power

Paying tribute to Beijing
Eric Teo Chu Cheow
January 21, 2004