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.

Taiwan's President Rejects China's 'Domestic Flights' Demand

Beijing's insistence on using the term 'domestic routes' for cross-strait flights is the biggest obstacle to the establishment of links
Huang Tai-lin
August 18, 2004

A Global Power Shift in the Making

James F. Hoge, Jr., editor of Foreign Affairs, makes recommendations for how America should deal with an emergent Asia
James F. Hoge, Jr.
July 21, 2004

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