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.

Images and Tasks: Before and After the US Election

To fix what's broken, American and Middle Eastern extremists must find middle ground
Rami G. Khouri
November 3, 2004

Saving Iraq

Can an upcoming international conference on Iraq save the beleaguered country from collapse?
Dina Ezzat
November 3, 2004

The French Dilemma

France's strong opposition to Turkey's EU admittance may be based on a futile resistance to globalization
Dogu Egril
October 26, 2004

First Ever Ruling for Inter-Arab Court

Twenty years after its establishment, the Arab League's investment dispute settlement court has looked into its first case
Magda El-Ghitany
October 27, 2004

A Rampaging Market, but a Long Way from Global Power

To become a 21st century hegemon, China will need to share its wealth
Isabel Hilton
November 13, 2004