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.

Chávez's 'Monitors' Are Really Electoral Tourists

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez places stringent restrictions on legitimate election monitors
Andres Oppenheimer
August 8, 2004

Louder than Words

Campaigners for global justice must take a leaf out of Greenpeace's book and consider direct action, says the head of the World Development Movement
Matthew Tempest
August 5, 2004

Myanmar: Sanctions Won't Work

To bring about political change, Burma needs economic aid, not economic sanctions
Jeffrey Sachs
July 27, 2004

Cubans Flock to See ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’

Anti-Bush theme resonates with Castro’s message
Mary Murray
August 3, 2004

Japan Elbows its Way into Far East: Not Only for Energy

Japan’s relationship with Russia based on oil and influence
August 12, 2004