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Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic attends a press conference in Vienna.

The Rise and Fall of Igor Matovic

Slovakia’s prime minister lost his job to the pandemic, but his example serves as a warning to other corruption-fighters lacking governing experience.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen takes off her face mask.

The Aristocratic Ineptitude of Ursula Von Der Leyen

How the EU president’s family connections explain her rise to power—and failures using it during the pandemic.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the United Nations Climate Conference.

John Kerry’s Biggest Mission

He’s relentless, strategic, kind of annoying—and might just save the planet.

Nasser al-Qudwa

Arafat’s Nephew Is Coming for Abbas

Veteran diplomat Nasser al-Qudwa could prompt a realignment within Palestinian politics.

Asaduddin Owaisi arrives at Parliament House in New Delhi.

Asaduddin Owaisi’s Bid to Redefine Indian Secularism

Muslims need their own nationwide party, he believes. And he’s going to build it.

Jake Sullivan speaks alongside President-elect Joe Biden.

The Sullivan Model

Jake Sullivan, Biden’s “once-in-a-generation intellect,” is facing a once-in-a-generation challenge.

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim waves to his supporters outside the headquarters of the People's Justice Party (PKR) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 1, 2020

Will It Ever Be Anwar Ibrahim’s Turn?

At 73, Malaysia’s embattled opposition leader has had the top job snatched away from him every time.

Rafael Grossi speaks at an IAEA press conference.

Rafael Grossi Has a Plan to Stop Future Pandemics

The ambitious head of the IAEA is reinventing the nuclear watchdog—though some fear he’s spreading the agency too thin.

Roberto Burioni photographed in Perugia, Italy, on April 9, 2017.

Italy’s Dr. Fauci Talks Like Trump—but Is It Working?

Roberto Burioni fuses science with vulgar rhetoric to combat anti-vaxxers.

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama takes off his hat at the start of the final session of the U.N. Climate Change Conference hosted by Fiji and held in Bonn, Germany, on Nov. 18, 2017.

First Fiji, Then the World

How the prime minister of a tiny group of Pacific islands has become an international power player.

Katherine Tai speaks after then President-elect Joe Biden announced her nomination to be U.S. trade representative

Why Everyone Likes Katherine Tai

Biden’s nominee to be U.S. trade representative is admired on both sides of the aisle, but she faces some of the toughest conditions ever when it comes to winning over the rest of the world.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield answers questions during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on Jan. 27.

Gumbo Diplomacy Comes to Turtle Bay

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is set to take center stage at the United Nations.

Activist Stella Nyanzi is arrested by police officers at a protest for more government food distribution amid the coronavirus lockdown in Kampala, Uganda, on May 18, 2020.

Uganda’s Chief Provocateur

Through radical protest, Stella Nyanzi has become a thorn in long-serving President Yoweri Museveni’s side. Now, she could be headed to parliament.

An Iraqi protester uses his phone to film another next to burning tires while blocking a road during a demonstration against corruption and lack of services in the southern city of Basra on Jan.  11, 2019.

The War for the Future of Syria and Iraq Will Be Fought on Smartphones

As the number of U.S. forces on the ground dwindles and Russian and Iranian propaganda efforts increase, Col. Myles Caggins prepared the soldiers who remain for information warfare.

Hodan Osman on Harvard University’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 16, 2018.

Can One Woman Fix a Failed State?

Hodan Osman couldn’t stamp out Somalia’s endemic corruption. But she made sure the country’s soldiers got paid.

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