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.

Israeli Assassination Draws World Outrage

In the latest move in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hamas leader is killed, drawing international protest
March 22, 2004

A Million Yassins?

Shocked at Sheikh Ahmed Yassin's assassination, Egyptians are crying resistance
Amira Howeidy
March 26, 2004

Uncle Sam's Sly Sally

India sees US-Pakistan military alliance as a stab in the back
V. Sudarshan
April 5, 2004

Foreign Ministers Meet on North Korea Nukes

South Korea and China prepare for third round of negotiations
Choi Soung-ah
March 29, 2004

Arabs Disunited

Arab leaders disagree on agenda; Summit falls apart
John R. Bradley
March 30, 2004