THE QUESTION

A new poll finds widespread mistrust of world leaders. Are trustworthy national leaders a thing of the past? If not, who's an exception?

Posted by Lauren Keane on June 19, 2008 11:16 AM

FROM THE PANEL

Sami Moubayed is a Syrian political analyst and historian based in Damascus, Syria. Moubayed is the author of "Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (2000)" and "Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (2006)." He has also authored a biography of Syria's former President Shukri al-Quwatli and currently serves as Associate Professor at the Faculty of International Relations at al-Kalamoun University in Syria. In 2004, he created Syrianhistory.com, the first and online museum of Syrian history. He is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of FORWARD, the leading English monthly in Syria, and Vice-President of Haykal Media.

Wanted: Inspiring Syrian Heroes

Young Syrians want leaders who attract investment and jobs, not those who preach revolution.

Posted by Sami Moubayed Damascus, Syria | 20 COMMENTS
Jun 19, 2008 at 11:34 AM
Kyoko Altman has worked as a correspondent and anchor for CNN and CNBC, and as a news-magazine reporter for Japan's top-ranked news program 'News Station' on TV Asahi. She has covered more than twenty countries.

Distrust of National Leaders a Good Sign

Mistrust of leadership is one signal that the media is doing its job.

Posted by Kyoko Altman Hong Kong, China | 4 COMMENTS
Jun 19, 2008 at 11:33 AM
Originally from Pakistan, Anwer Sher is based in Dubai and writes for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and Emirates Today. His varied career experience includes banking, consulting, and real estate development. He has a Masters degree in International Relations.

The Leadership Famine

The case for trust in 'world leaders' remains a dismal tale of failure.

Posted by Anwer Sher Dubai, UAE | 2 COMMENTS
Jun 19, 2008 at 11:32 AM

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