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.

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

Kabul Needs Good Neighbours

Regional stability and Afghan development are inextricably linked
Stanley A. Weiss
September 7, 2004

Anchor the Black Sea Region to the West

Stability is crucial for EU and NATO interests
Ronald D. Asmus
September 8, 2004

Polls a test for Iraq policy

Results are likely to reflect Australians' view of the country's role in Iraq and straws in the wind for US and British polls
Roger Maynard
August 30, 2004

Jakarta-Singapore Ties: Time Right for a Fresh Start

Security concerns underscore the necessity for positive diplomatic relations
Hendropriyono
August 26, 2004