Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, depart Canada House in London on Jan. 7.

The Other Brexit

CNN correspondent Max Foster on how Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, split from Britain's royal family.

An April 2018 scene from the documentary “The Edge of Democracy.”

The Filmmaker Who Took On Bolsonaro

An Oscar-nominated documentary examines Brazil’s deep political fault lines.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

The President Who Played One on TV

Journalist Franklin Foer on the peculiar rise of Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine and his role in the Trump impeachment ordeal

U.S. Sen. John McCain addresses a news conference during his 2008 run for president in Beverly Hills, California, on May 28, 2008.

Advising John McCain

A former foreign-policy advisor looks back at the 2008 U.S. presidential election campaign.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual meeting with top military officials in Moscow on Dec. 24, 2019.

The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin

New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen on how the Russian president is planning to rule for life.

Demonstrators burn a U.S. flag as they stand atop the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 9, 1979, after storming the embassy and taking hostages. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

A Fateful Decision That Led to the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis

The journalist David Kirkpatrick on how President Jimmy Carter was pressured into letting the Shah of Iran into the United States.

Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani

The Persian Puzzle—Iran, Iraq, and the United States

What a trove of leaked Iranian cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq.

Afghan Taliban militants and residents stand on an armored vehicle

The Truth About the U.S. War in Afghanistan

Former Pakistani Ambassador to Washington Husain Haqqani on how the Taliban won.


The Documentaries of 2019

A look back at the documentaries we featured on First Person in the past year.


The Books of 2019

A look back at the books we featured on First Person in the past year.


The Jumper

Eugene Hasenfus, Private Contractor

People gather for a demonstration organized by the Campaign Against Antisemitism

Corbyn and Anti-Semitism

How allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party became a central issue in Britain’s election campaign.

Fighters from the Islamic State group parade

An American in Mosul

Journalist Mike Giglio provides an eyewitness account of a key battle against the Islamic State.

Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force

Iranian Spy Games Revealed

What a trove of leaked Iranian cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq.

Activists of the Ukrainian far-right party National Corps salute

How to Reverse the Global Drift Toward Authoritarianism

Brookings President John Allen on why autocrats are rising and what to do about it.