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.

An Ancient Model for China's New Power

Paying tribute to Beijing
Eric Teo Chu Cheow
January 21, 2004

UK May Tighten Benefit Controls to Deter New EU Immigrants

UK may join the rest of the EU in imposing controls on Eastern European immigration
Patrick Wintour
February 5, 2004

Interviews Deter Thousands of Chinese Brides

But human smugglers find way around Taiwanese entrance requirements
Cody Yiu
February 5, 2004

U.S. Set to Get Tougher on Cuba

Bush administration goes after anyone who does business with 10 companies controlled by Cuba
Nancy San Martin
February 10, 2004

Politically Incorrect

The hard facts of climate change may end political protection for industries that pollute or fail to conserve energy
Nayan Chanda
January 23, 2009