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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.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin

Finland’s President Can Hold His Own With Both Putin and Trump

Sauli Niinisto is hugely popular at home—and is one of the few world leaders who has the respect of both Washington and Moscow.

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Xu Zhangrun Was China’s Loyal Opposition. Now, He’s In Jail.

One of the few remaining scholars openly standing against Xi Jinping is a reformist, not a revolutionary.

Canan Kaftancioglu

A Motorcycle-Riding Leftist Feminist Is Coming for Erdogan

Canan Kaftancioglu has fueled the rise of Turkey’s increasingly effective opposition—and earned the president’s ire.

Thae Yong-ho, a former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom, on Jan. 19, 2017.

The Future of Korean Politics Might Be This Defector From Pyongyang

Thae Yong-ho went from North Korean diplomat to South Korean politician.

Matt Duss (center) attends the Netroots Nation progressive bloggers conference in Las Vegas on July 24, 2010.

Bernie’s Outsider on the Inside

Bernie Sanders wants to reinvent progressive foreign policy. Here’s the man he hopes will make that happen.

Doug Wilson

Meet Pete Buttigieg’s Foreign-Policy Mentor

Former Pentagon official and campaign veteran Doug Wilson is helping the U.S. presidential candidate stand out from the pack on foreign policy.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok arrives prior to a bilateral meeting with the European Union's minister for foreign affairs and security policy at the EU headquarters in Brussels on Nov. 11, 2019.

Sudan’s New Prime Minister Grapples With His Country’s Past

Abdalla Hamdok wasn't sure he wanted the job, but six months later there is reason to hope—despite the failed mutiny this week.

Domingos Simões Pereira campaigns in São Domingos, Guinea-Bissau, on Nov. 9.

Is Liberal Democracy Always the Answer?

Guinea-Bissau challenges the imposition of Western forms of government.

Saudi Prince Khalid bin Salman

Can a Young Saudi Prince End the War in Yemen?

Khalid bin Salman is working full time to extricate Saudi Arabia from the disastrous conflict begun by his brother. Some regional and U.S. officials are cautiously optimistic. 

Supporters of Lebanese President Michel Aoun hold posters of him as they gather near the presidential palace in Baabda on Nov. 3.

How Michel Aoun Failed in Lebanon

More and more protesters say the general-turned-president has broken too many promises and must go.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and U.S. President Donald Trump

The Pentagon’s Invisible Man Is Winning Washington’s Power Game

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is quiet, deferential—and on his way to becoming the Trump administration’s most influential player.

Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran's information and communications technology (ICT) minister, is interviewed in his office in Tehran on July 7.

Is Iran’s Information Minister the Islamic Republic’s Emmanuel Macron?

The youngest minister in Hassan Rouhani’s government is distancing himself from both conservatives and reformists—and it might be the recipe for political success in 2021.

Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada, poses for a photo during a meeting with the Toronto Star’s editorial board on Sept. 24.

How Maxime Bernier Lost His Seat

Canada’s nationalist People’s Party has run a familiar populist playbook — and ended up a joke.

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Can Brexit End the Scourge of British Nativism? Dominic Cummings Thinks So.

Boris Johnson’s Brexit guru sees a quick departure from the EU as the best way to neutralize Britain’s far-right.

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right party "Fratelli d'Italia,"  leaves after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on the first day of consultations of political parties, on April 4, 2018 at the Quirinale Palace in Rome.

Can Giorgia Meloni Become Italy’s Marine Le Pen?

Italy’s next far-right superstar wants to keep migrants out while welcoming members of the Mussolini family into her party. If Italy holds early elections, she may become a key member of the next government.

Ekrem Imamoglu, the mayoral candidate for the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP),  gestures as he speaks during a rally ahead of local elections in Istanbul on March 29. The election, which Imamoglu won narrowly, is scheduled to be re-run on June 23.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Has Met His Match

Turkey’s soccer-obsessed president is engaging in a last-ditch effort to help his party hold on to power in Istanbul. Can Ekrem Imamoglu beat him at his own game?

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft delivers a statement at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Oct. 23, 2017.

A Republican Rainmaker Comes to Turtle Bay

If confirmed, Kelly Knight Craft would be the first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who got started in politics as a campaign fundraiser and donor.

Gen. Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagalo, the deputy head of Sudan’s military council, speaks at a news conference in Khartoum on April 30.

The Man Who Terrorized Darfur Is Leading Sudan’s Supposed Transition

The interim vice president, Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo, was in charge of the brutal janjaweed militias. Now he is calling the shots in Khartoum.

Kelley Currie, the U.S. representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, attends a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York City on April 5, 2018. (Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

High-Wire Act Ahead for Trump’s New Women’s Rights Envoy

Tough but torn, Kelley Eckels Currie must find a way to balance her loyalties.

Presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova (C) waits for the first exit polls at her election headquarters during the first round of the presidential elections in Bratislava, Slovakia, on March 16, 2019.

Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia?

A political newcomer is poised to become president by standing up for liberal democratic values—and seeking to halt the spread of right-wing populism across Central and Eastern Europe.

Andrew Marshall. (Lexey Swall for Foreign Policy)

The Return of the Pentagon’s Yoda

Can Andrew Marshall, the U.S. military’s longtime oracle, still predict the future?

President of the European Council Donald Tusk during a news conference in Brussels on March 22. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Europe’s Donald Can Fight Dirty, Too

Donald Tusk is the mild-mannered president of a quiet EU institution—and the West’s loudest voice against populism.

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