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Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong attends the Pacific Islands Forum.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong attends the Pacific Islands Forum.

Penny Wong Wants Australia to Be More Than a Supporting Player

Can the new foreign minister escape the slipstream of the superpowers?

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik stands as President Donald Trump recognizes her for her work
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik stands as President Donald Trump recognizes her for her work

Elise Stefanik Is Most Likely to Succeed

A young woman once hailed as the future of the Republican Party embraces Trumpism to stay that way.

Closeup photo of Pap Ndiaye
Closeup photo of Pap Ndiaye

The Education of Pap Ndiaye

A quiet academic becomes a lightning rod in France’s culture wars.

Two men sit together; one holds a gun
Two men sit together; one holds a gun

Meet the Taliban’s Would-Be Rainmaker

Hassib Habibi carries his convictions as easily as his AK-47. Now he has to resuscitate the Afghan economy.

Victory Party Chairman Umit Ozdag speaks to the media during an attempted march in front of the Turkish Grand National Assembly.
Victory Party Chairman Umit Ozdag speaks to the media during an attempted march in front of the Turkish Grand National Assembly.

Turkey’s Far Right Has Already Won

The anti-immigration firebrand Umit Ozdag might not win a seat in parliament, but he’s shifted the national debate on refugees by vowing to expel them.

Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla “Lux” Mohlauli
Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla “Lux” Mohlauli

Has South Africa’s Donald Trump Arrived?

The xenophobic firebrand Nhlanhla “Lux” Mohlauli is courting poor Black voters by stoking hatred of foreigners. It’s working.

Masouma Tajik in Kabul on Dec. 7, 2020
Masouma Tajik in Kabul on Dec. 7, 2020

An Afghan in Ukraine

She fled Kabul for safety in Kyiv. Now the 23-year-old is facing war again.

Valérie Pécresse gives a talk at a Paris high school.
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.
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
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.
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

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.
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.
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
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.

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