Originally Posted by metaphysician
Or it could simply be that the US founded SHIELD, and other nations bought into it, gaining executive influence in exchange for jurisdiction. Its the simplest, most logical explanation. . . particularly given that we *see SHIELD functioning as a government agency in the US.*
SHIELD is multinational.
It was *founded* multinational, out of the Strategic Scientific Reserve during WWII, and was comprised of all the Allied nations. The name changed some time during the 1980s to SHIELD, but it was still a multinational organization.