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.

Fischer Sees Turkey's Membership in EU as Part of War on Terror

German foreign minister speaks out for EU constitution, against direct democracy
Sam Hapgood
March 5, 2004

Whose Resistance?

Democratically elected Palestinian leaders cannot forget that they represent people rather than a symbol
Amr Hamzawy
February 2, 2009

Thaksin's Chance for Leading Role in the Region

Prepping Thailand to be leader in Southeast Asia?
John D. Ciorciari
March 10, 2004

AQ Khan Issue Settled: Jamali

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf lauded by his supporters for not letting in inspectors
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Rhetoric, Not Substance, to Change in Spain

Socialist party's upset victory means little for Spain's relations with Latin America
Andres Oppenheimer
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