Newly elected President Adama Barrow arrives in Banjul, Gambia, from Senegal after the departure of former President Yahya Jammeh on Jan. 26. (Xaume Olleros/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The President Giving Hope to Africa’s Democrats

Gambian President Adama Barrow was born the same year his country gained independence. Now, 52 years later, he’s tasked with putting it back together again.

Canadian *Foreign Affairs Minister* Chrystia Freeland arrives for a meeting with the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means in Washington on Oct. 11. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Politician Advancing a Values-Driven Alternative to Global Leadership

This year, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland warned her country not to take the liberal world order for granted.

Left: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey pose backstage at the Glamour 2017 Women of The Year Awards in New York on Nov. 13. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour); Right: Ronan Farrow at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on Oct. 6, 2015. (Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

The Journalists Igniting a Conversation on Sexual Assault

Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, and Ronan Farrow exposed Harvey Weinstein’s crimes against women. Thousands around the word said, “#MeToo.”

Steve Bannon addresses the 2017 California Republican Party Convention in Anaheim on Oct. 20. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The Political Operative Shaping President Trump’s ‘America First’ Agenda

From Breitbart News to the White House, Steve Bannon represents a powerful and disruptive force that has reshaped American politics.

Director Roya Sadat on set in Kabul on Nov. 19. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

The Director Bringing the Story of Afghan Women to the Screen

As a teenager, Roya Sadat organized performances dramatizing the Taliban’s appalling treatment of women. Today, she is one of the country’s most prominent filmmakers.

Ho Dang Hoa in Hanoi on Nov. 22. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

The Producer Helping Show the Vietnam War in a New Light

In Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's “The Vietnam War,” Ho Dang Hoa shaped the Vietnamese side of the story.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attends an Arab League summit in Jordan on March 29. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

The Prime Minister Putting His Country Back Together

Haider al-Abadi has one of the world’s hardest jobs: driving ISIS out of Iraq, launching reforms to the public sector, and preventing his country from being used as a battleground.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington on June 28. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu via Getty Images)

The President Trying to Rebuild Decent Democratic Leadership

Despite inheriting a corruption scandal and a looming threat to the north, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is pushing for open government, dialogue, and peace.

Demonstrators participate in a “Me Too” survivors’ march in Los Angeles on Nov. 12. (David McNew/Getty Images)

The Women Who Came Forward

In 2017, what started as a trickle became a waterfall, as women across the world began sharing stories of sexual harassment and assault as part of the #MeToo campaign.


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Anti-government protesters guard the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

The Poet Laureate of Hybrid War

The tragicomic absurdities of 21st century warfare are finally being transformed into literature.

The tailor's room, where Lorena Enebral Perez fell to the ground after being shot in the room's doorway. After being cleaned of Perez' blood, the room has been unused since the September 11 shooting death of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) physiotherapist Lorena Enebral Perez (38), at the Mazar-i Sharif ICRC Orthopaedic Centre, which caters for the rehabilitation of Afghans with severe physical disabilities like amputations and paraplegia as well as those suffering from congenital diseases with physical side-effects like polio and cerebral palsy. Enebral Perez was shot by a patient who had had his polio treated at the orthopaedic centre for 19 years. The motive for the killing is still unclear. The orthopaedic centre closed in the days that followed the death. Passive security upgrades are being implemented and ICRC hopes to reopen soon.

One Deadly Bullet Shatters Thousands in Afghanistan

The International Committee of the Red Cross is “first in, last out” of conflict zones. Their scaling back in Afghanistan is a bad sign.

STRALSUND, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 16:  A vandalized billboard showing German Chancellor and Christian Democrat (CDU) Angela Merkel stands on September 16, 2017 Stralsund, Germany. Merkel is seeking a fourth term in federal elections scheduled for September 24. She currently holds an approximate 16-point lead over her main rival, German Social Democrat (SPD) Martin Schulz. Both the German Greens Party and the Free Democrats (FDP) are hoping to position themselves to be part of the next coalition government. The right-wing, populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) will likely finish above the 5% election votes minimum and hence win seats in the Bundestag.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The Dam Will Hold. Until It Doesn’t.

Europe has managed to slow the flow of migrants, at least for now — but is undermining its most-cherished values in the process.

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Nearly There, but Never Further Away

Europe has outsourced the dirty work of border control to Libyan militias. In doing so, it has turned African migrants into commodities to be captured, sold, and traded like slaves.

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