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.

Israeli Assassination Draws World Outrage

In the latest move in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hamas leader is killed, drawing international protest
March 22, 2004

A Million Yassins?

Shocked at Sheikh Ahmed Yassin's assassination, Egyptians are crying resistance
Amira Howeidy
March 26, 2004

AQ Khan Issue Settled: Jamali

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf lauded by his supporters for not letting in inspectors
February 9, 2004

Rhetoric, Not Substance, to Change in Spain

Socialist party's upset victory means little for Spain's relations with Latin America
Andres Oppenheimer
March 18, 2004

Still Waiting For The President's `Humble' Foreign Policy

It is time to return to the middle path between present unilateralism and isolationism of the past
Gustav Ranis
February 12, 2004