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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.

Kwasi Kwarteng

Kwasi Kwarteng Is a Brilliant Man in a Bad Role

The Black British Conservative politician keeps being pushed forward to cover his party on race.

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.

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