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.

NK Defectors in China Remain Concern

Seo Hyun-jin
July 30, 2004

President Praises the EU's Example as Nation's Future

Taiwanese President reiterates belief that EU could serve as model for cross-strait relations
Chang Yun-ping
July 29, 2004

Saudi Surprise

Why are the Saudis coming to the rescue of Bush, who so completely allied his administration with Sharon?
Mohamed El-Sayed Said
August 6, 2004

Looking for Common Values, a Community Driven ASEAN

Until political systems and social values align, Southeast Asia will remain divided
Meidyatama Suryodiningrat
August 9, 2004

Darfur Rebels not Aware of Talks, Welcome Nigeria

Two Sudanese rebel groups agree to peace negotiations with government in late August
August 10, 2004