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.

Across Spectrum, Politicians Condemn U.S.

German foreign minister says administration must restore American 'moral leadership' in wake of prisoner scandal
William Pratt
May 14, 2004

State Department Rights Report Released After Delay

Friends and foes held to the same standards we hold ourselves, says U.S. deputy secretary of State
Salamander Davoudi
May 18, 2004

Looking After Number One

Iran balances complex objectives in determining the future of its close neighbor
Abbas Ali
May 28, 2004

June to November

The Bush administration's desperation to have an interim Iraqi government in place by 30 June is the tip of the iceberg
Khaled Dawoud
June 4, 2004

CANF: Cuba's Liberty Lies with Activists

On the 102nd anniversary of Cuba's independence from Spain, the key to political change on the island rests with its dissidents
Luisa Yanez
May 21, 2004