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.

U.S. Restrictions on Trips to Cuba are Inhumane

An election-year strategy, families will be divided for three years
Jim Defede
June 29, 2004

Give the Transatlantic Alliance a Fresh Start

Differences between US and Europe must be resolved for effective world leadership
Charles Powell
June 28, 2004

East Asia and Bumpy Sino-Taiwanese Relations

In order avoid a catastrophic conflict, Asian neighbors and the US should encourage dialogue and moderation
Jusuf Wanandi
July 1, 2004

Japan Seeks Greater Global Role

After decades of uncertainty, Asian nation is prepped to assume a seat at the big table
Richard Halloran
May 20, 2004

Dangers to the Constitution

Without careful evaluation, restrictive laws may sneak into the German Constitution
Elise Kissling
May 28, 2004