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Valérie Pécresse gives a talk at a Paris high school.

France’s Iron Lady

Can Valérie Pécresse reunite the right and defeat French President Emmanuel Macron?

Eric Zemmour is photographed in Paris on April 22.

France’s New Far-Right Firebrand

Professional provocateur Éric Zemmour makes Marine Le Pen look like a moderate.

Mikheil Saakashvili

Washington’s Forgotten Golden Boy Is Trying for a Comeback in Georgia

Mikheil Saakashvili has forced himself back on the political stage—despite the danger.

Elizabeth Truss arrives for a cabinet meeting.

Liz Truss, True Believer

From Brexit-skeptic to face of the “Global Britain” agenda, the new foreign secretary has always seen politics as philosophy in action.

Fumio Kishida

Fumio Kishida’s Principles Are About to Be Put to the Test

Japan’s new prime minister is the moderate face of a party dominated by its right wing.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to press at the United Nations.

‘Minister Nyet’ Returns to His U.N. Stomping Grounds

Sergey Lavrov has honed the practice of body blocking U.S. and European diplomacy at every turn.

A close-up photo of Hossein Amir-Abdollahian's face.

Meet Iran’s New Foreign Minister: Qassem Suleimani’s ‘Soldier’

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is a staunch backer of Iran’s “Axis of Resistance.”

The Italian diplomat Stefano Pontecorvo at the Kabul airport

NATO’s Man in Kabul

Stefano Pontecorvo spent his childhood in Kabul. Sixty years later, he coordinated the evacuation of 124,000 people before saying goodbye to the city himself.

Qin Gang speaks in Beijing.

Is China’s New U.S. Ambassador a ‘Wolf Warrior’—or a Fox?

Although close to Chinese President Xi Jinping, Qin Gang doesn’t quite fit the mold of hostile Chinese diplomacy.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya addresses the U.N. Security Council from her office in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sept. 4, 2020.

Belarus’s Unlikely New Leader

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya didn’t set out to challenge a brutal dictatorship.

Albanian prime minister flashes victory sign.

Edi Rama Is Building Bridges to Europe—or Nowhere

As an artist, he dreamed of the West. As Albanian prime minister, the West is letting him down.

Rivka Ravitz visits Qasr al-Yahud

Will Rivka Ravitz Break the Glass Ceiling of Ultra-Orthodox Politics in Israel?

One of the country’s most powerful women has remained rooted in a traditional community. But religious parties still won’t let her run for office.

Angela Merkel

The Other Side of Angela Merkel

What the world has misunderstood about the German chancellor.

Tom Tugendhat, a member of the British Parliament

Tom Tugendhat Is the British MP China Hates Most

A stalwartly anti-Beijing figure doesn’t quite fit his party’s mold.

Naftali Bennett visits the Western Wall

The Meaning of Israel’s First Religious Prime Minister

With Naftali Bennett, the homeland of the Jewish people is about to see what it’s like having an observant Jewish leader.

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