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People celebrate in Bangalore on Sept. 6, 2018, after India’s top court struck down a colonial-era law that penalized gay sex. (Aijaz Rahi/AP)

Inside the Battle to Decriminalize Homosexuality in India

On the podcast: A human rights lawyer describes the 10-year fight for LGBT rights.


Help Foreign Policy Pick Its Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2018

We’re asking for readers’ help in building our list of the year’s most influential names.

Newly elected President Adama Barrow arrives in Banjul, Gambia, from Senegal after the departure of former President Yahya Jammeh on Jan. 26. (Xaume Olleros/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The President Giving Hope to Africa’s Democrats

Gambian President Adama Barrow was born the same year his country gained independence. Now, 52 years later, he’s tasked with putting it back together again.

Canadian *Foreign Affairs Minister* Chrystia Freeland arrives for a meeting with the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means in Washington on Oct. 11. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Politician Advancing a Values-Driven Alternative to Global Leadership

This year, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland warned her country not to take the liberal world order for granted.

Left: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey pose backstage at the Glamour 2017 Women of The Year Awards in New York on Nov. 13. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour); Right: Ronan Farrow at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on Oct. 6, 2015. (Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

The Journalists Igniting a Conversation on Sexual Assault

Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, and Ronan Farrow exposed Harvey Weinstein’s crimes against women. Thousands around the word said, “#MeToo.”

Philippine Senator Leila de Lima waves to supporters after appearing in court outside Manila on Feb. 24. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

A Message From Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima

The 2017 Global Thinker hopes that the world will "keep watching the Philippines."

Steve Bannon addresses the 2017 California Republican Party Convention in Anaheim on Oct. 20. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The Political Operative Shaping President Trump’s ‘America First’ Agenda

From Breitbart News to the White House, Steve Bannon represents a powerful and disruptive force that has reshaped American politics.

Director Roya Sadat on set in Kabul on Nov. 19. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

The Director Bringing the Story of Afghan Women to the Screen

As a teenager, Roya Sadat organized performances dramatizing the Taliban’s appalling treatment of women. Today, she is one of the country’s most prominent filmmakers.

Ho Dang Hoa in Hanoi on Nov. 22. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

The Producer Helping Show the Vietnam War in a New Light

In Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's “The Vietnam War,” Ho Dang Hoa shaped the Vietnamese side of the story.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attends an Arab League summit in Jordan on March 29. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

The Prime Minister Putting His Country Back Together

Haider al-Abadi has one of the world’s hardest jobs: driving ISIS out of Iraq, launching reforms to the public sector, and preventing his country from being used as a battleground.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington on June 28. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu via Getty Images)

The President Trying to Rebuild Decent Democratic Leadership

Despite inheriting a corruption scandal and a looming threat to the north, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is pushing for open government, dialogue, and peace.

Demonstrators participate in a “Me Too” survivors’ march in Los Angeles on Nov. 12. (David McNew/Getty Images)

The Women Who Came Forward

In 2017, what started as a trickle became a waterfall, as women across the world began sharing stories of sexual harassment and assault as part of the #MeToo campaign.


FP’s 2017 Leading Global Thinkers

2017 was a year of reckoning. These minds found remarkable ways not just to rethink our strange new world but also to reshape it.


Why the ‘Five Stages of Grief’ Theory Is a Sham

2015 Global Thinker Hanya Yanagihara and writer Meghan O'Rourke debate the limits of pain, empathy, and romance.


Global Thinkers: London Mayor Sadiq Khan

For safeguarding London’s moral compass.