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.

A Year After Iraq War: Mistrust of America in Europe Ever Higher, Muslim Anger Persists

Nine-country survey reveals gaps in views of war on terror and Iraq war
March 16, 2004

Straw: Turkey is EU 'Acid Test'

Turkey is no man's land in the "clash of civilizations"
Tom Happold
March 23, 2004

Bush Administration Should Stop Turning Refugees Away

Asylum cases deserve fair hearing
Cheryl Little
March 9, 2004

Saudi Women Get the Vote

In municipal elections this October, women will be allowed at the polls
Brian Whitaker
March 10, 2004

Voting with Confidence in the Future

Taiwanese president proclaims country's democracy a beacon for other Asian nations
March 11, 2004