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.

Action or Sanctions

The Sudanese government "has to do more" if it wants to avert international punitive measures
Dina Ezzat
August 13, 2004

The Metrosexual Superpower

The stylish European Union struts past the bumbling United States on the catwalk of global diplomacy
Parag Khanna
August 16, 2004

Protests as Italy Expels Migrants

Would-be immigrants are not legitimate asylum seekers, official says
July 22, 2004

Southeastern European Nations Unite to Battle Sex Trafficking

Regional organization succeeds through fostering trans-border cooperation
David Binder
August 15, 2004

Amnesty, National Human Rights Commission to Put Spotlight on Human Rights

Thailand’s human rights record comes under fire
Kavi Chongkittavorn
July 26, 2004