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.

Merging the Word with the Sword

Europe and the United States need to work together on Iraq
Thomas Schmid
April 23, 2004

An Ominous Moment in Middle East Turmoil

Bush administration faces an increasingly hostile Arab public, battle for hearts-and-minds may already be lost
Roger Cohen
April 23, 2004

Rocking the Boat from Warsaw

Poland will be the most difficult of the new European Union nations for Brussels to control
Ian Traynor
April 19, 2004

Danube Blues

The past is casting a long shadow over Hungary's accession to the EU
Ben Aris
April 26, 2004

Ambassadors' Letter to Blair

52 former British ambassadors urge the British prime minister to influence US policy in the Middle East
April 26, 2004