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.

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

Edwards Notes Differences on Issue of World Trade

Says John Kerry has always favored free trade and globalization
Katherine Q. Seelye
February 20, 2004

Not Everyone Got It Wrong on Iraq's Weapons

Scott Ritter, for one, was not.
Scott Ritter
February 5, 2004

China Clamps Down on Web News Discussion

The internet destabilizes Chinese politics
Mark Magnier
February 26, 2004