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.
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.
How Maxime Bernier Lost His Seat
Canada’s nationalist People’s Party has run a familiar populist playbook — and ended up a joke.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Man Who Terrorized Darfur Is Leading Sudan’s Supposed Transition
The interim vice president, Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagalo, was in charge of the brutal janjaweed militias. Now he is calling the shots in Khartoum.
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.
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.
Iran’s Deadly Puppet Master
Gen. Stanley McChrystal explains exactly why Qassem Suleimani is so dangerous.
India’s Digital Dreamer
Mukesh Ambani is betting on a smartphone revolution—and spending big money to make it happen.
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
From the United States to Africa, Mary-Claire King has revolutionized the fight against breast cancer—again and again.
Love After an Apocalypse
Holocaust survivor Marceline Loridan-Ivens never stopped grappling with loss—or fighting to live.
To Infinity and Beyond
Stephen Hawking’s insights about the universe were profound—but his insights into humanity were even more important.
The Return of the Pentagon’s Yoda
Can Andrew Marshall, the U.S. military’s longtime oracle, still predict the future?
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.
Those Who Dare to Bare Their Hair
Masih Alinejad is helping Iranian women challenge the regime — one hijab at a time.
Trump’s Man in Moscow
Most of Washington is scared to meet with Russians. Jon Huntsman wants to meet as many as possible.
The portrait that emerges is of a retail politician turning U.N. diplomacy into a ticket to the White House.
Ash Carter Is Looking to the Future. The Mideast Is Keeping Him Stuck in the Past.
The secretary of defense came into office promising to shake up the Pentagon, but the chaos in Iraq and Syria has left him mired in wars he didn't want to fight.
Building Palestinian Democracy, One Brick at a Time
Palestinian businessman Bashar al-Masri has a plan for building democracy on the West Bank. And it's not really about politics.
Ukraine’s Chocolate King to the Rescue
Ukrainians hope that Petro Poroshenko can lead them out of the current crisis. But can one man provide the solution to all the country's problems?
The Police Are Dogs
No one else manages to rile Tunisia's post-revolutionary government quite like rapper Klay BBJ.
Meet the social worker turned nuclear negotiator who's trying to keep Iran from getting the bomb.
Syria’s Good Soldier
Meet the man who could be the next president in Damascus. If he's not already dead.
Samantha Power’s Problem from Hell
Can a humanitarian firebrand help forge a deal with Syria's dictator?
The D.C. Socialite vs. ‘The Grill Sergeant’
When the Pentagon tried to save its awful TV channel, it called in Washington's most infamous TV producer-turned-party-thrower.