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.

The Day Civil Society Got its Nose Bloodied in Hanoi

Despite economic progress, Vietnamese government maintains iron grip on budding non-government sector
David Koh
September 21, 2004

Turkey: EU Reports Pave Way for Qualified Approval of Entry Talks

Two draft reports hope to stimulate negotiations regarding Turkey's conditional accession into EU
Ahto Lobjakas
October 4, 2004

Still No Votes in Leipzig

US policy affects every citizen on the planet; so shouldn't everyone have a say in who gets to the White House?
Jonathan Freedland
September 22, 2004

Running Out of Reasons to Say "No" to Turkey

The EU must end its attitude of “expediency, muddle, and short-termism” in membership deliberations
Philip Robins
September 24, 2004

Germany Lobbying for UN Seat

Foreign Minister Fischer joins three other countries in bid to join Security Council
September 24, 2004