- By FP Staff
This special Power Issue of Foreign Policy gets right to the point: Who has it and what do they do with it? Our report covers power in many forms, with original reporting, exclusive interviews, and more than a few fascinating characters from China to Russia, India to the Middle East — plus an exclusive Power Map of the planet’s 500 most powerful people, from billionaires to bad guys, CEOs to central bankers. We’re calling it “The 0.000007 Percent.”
Our five profiles in power run the gamut from a brand-wielding chief executive to an aircraft-carrier-wielding party leader. From Beijing, John Garnaut goes behind the scenes of Xi Jinping’s accession and shows how China’s new president is playing the dangerous game of using the military as his secret political weapon. Mark Perry, meanwhile, unravels the Hollywood-worthy story of the shadowy life and mysterious death of Imad Mughniyeh, the world’s most famous terrorist not named Osama bin Laden until his assassination several years ago. Ian Bremmer interviews Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent for an entirely different take on soft (drink) power, and James Traub returns to India for a memorable portrait of Rahul Gandhi, the ambivalent heir apparent to the world’s largest democracy. FP Editor in Chief Susan Glasser travels to Moscow to report on the relentless Sergei Lavrov and the blunt logic of Russian power. This issue marks Foreign Policy‘s 200th edition, and we couldn’t think of a more fitting subject to mark the occasion.
The Relentless Diplomat: Sergei Lavrov
By Susan B. Glasser
The Full Lavrov Interview
Interview by Susan B. Glasser
The Undercover Terrorist: Imad Mughniyeh
By Mark Perry
The Martial Leader: Xi Jinping
By John Garnaut
The Global CEO: Muhtar Kent
Interview by Ian Bremmer
The Heir Apparent: Rahul Gandhi
By James Traub
Why Sexism Is Civilization’s Greatest Shame
By David Rothkopf
FP Power Map: The 500 People Who Run the World
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Gordon Lubold is a national security reporter for Foreign Policy. He is also the author of FP's Situation Report, an e-mailed newsletter that is blasted out to more than 70,000 national security and foreign affairs subscribers each morning that includes the top nat-sec news, breaking news, tidbits, nuggets and what he likes to call "candy." Before arriving at FP, he was a senior advisor at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, where he wrote on national security and foreign policy. Prior to his arrival at USIP, he was a defense reporter for Politico, where he launched the popular Morning Defense early morning blog and tip-sheet. Prior to that, he was the Pentagon and national security correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, and before that he was the Pentagon correspondent for the Army Times chain of newspapers. He has covered conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries in South Asia, and has reported on military matters in sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and Latin America as well as at American military bases across the country. He has spoken frequently on the sometimes-contentious relationship between the military and the media as a guest on numerous panels. He also appears on radio and television, including on CNN, public radio's Diane Rehm and To the Point, and C-SPAN's Washington Journal. He lives in Alexandria with his wife and two children.| Situation Report |