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The Missing Assassin

A U.N. panel promises to shed new light on the unsolved murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri. But one major suspect won’t be available to comment -- he’s been killed, too.

Barbara Slavin |

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Sarkozy's Iron Lady

Meet Michèle Alliot-Marie, France's right-wing, rugby-loving new foreign minister.

Eric Pape |

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A Washington Sage Leaves the Scene

Lee Hamilton, for years a go-to "wise man" for American presidents of both parties, speaks to FP about his many acolytes, Obama's foreign policy, and what to do about Iran.

Barbara Slavin |

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The Transformer

Bob Gates never thought he'd be Barack Obama's defense secretary. Now, in an exclusive interview, the most revolutionary Pentagon leader since Robert McNamara tells FP why he said yes, when he'll get out of Washington, and what legacy he hopes to leave behind.

Fred Kaplan |

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My Pen Pal, the Jihadist

How a young Virginia man charged with supporting terrorists in Somalia became my online sparring partner -- and why he is so dangerous.

Jarret Brachman |

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Hostage to Events

In an exclusive interview, the State Department's leading Iran expert discusses his resignation and why the Islamic Republic and the United States keep on talking past each other.

Barbara Slavin |

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Congo’s New Mobutu

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo turns 50 this month, its leader is taking a page from Mobutu Sese Seko’s playbook on repression. And the West is helping him.

Joe Bavier |

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The Wrath of Kan

Can this man clean up Japan's mess?

Abraham M. Denmark |

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Tarnishing the Iron Lady of Africa

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf may be the best president Liberia has ever had. But now even she faces criticism for failing to crack down on corruption.

Dino Mahtani |

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Mikey Weinstein's Crusade

Meet the man who's trying to purge evangelical Christianity from the Pentagon.

Stephen Glain |

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President Spandex?

The man who once mooned an auditorium of students, dressed up as a superhero to teach civics lessons, and cleaned up Bogotá while he was at it just might become Colombia's next president. 

Michael Shifter |

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Can South Africa's Bungling Ex-President Save Darfur?

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki tries to rewrite the history of his diplomatic career.

Kate Prengel |

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Keynes: The Return of the Master

Keynesian economics made a brilliant comeback in 2009. It's little wonder why.

Robert Skidelsky |

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Al Qaeda's Dissident

How the prison writings of Sayyid Imam al-Sharif, one of al Qaeda's founders now labeled a turn coat, are doing more to expose the terrorist group's hypocrisy than anyone else.

Jarret Brachman |

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My Nights With Hamid

The world is hounding the Afghan president to crack down on corruption and kick out entrenched warlords. I don't think he's going to do it, and I should know: I’m the man who wrote his autobiography.

Nick B. Mills |

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The Other Vaclav

How the Czech president became Europe's public enemy number one.

Jiri Pehe |

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Sarkozy's Better Half

If the French president has a hope of getting things done at the G-20, it's because of his philosophic finance minister, Christine Lagarde.

Annie Lowrey |

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Was Irving Kristol a Neoconservative?

The "godfather" of neoconservatism started a movement that moved away from him.

Justin Vaïsse |

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Obama's Eminence Grise

For decades, George Mitchell has worked, quietly and diligently, on Washington's most intractable political problems. This week, he shows his cards on Middle East peace.

Brian Winter |

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Fogh of War

Is the new secretary-general of NATO a slippery opportunist or just a good negotiator?

Cameron Abadi |

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The Real Winner of Afghanistan's Election

Meet Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the unsavory Tajik warlord whose grip on Afghanistan just got a whole lot tighter.

Hillary Mann Leverett |

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Japan's New Shadow Shogun

A mercurial longtime powerbroker, now disgraced, is behind the rise of Japan's opposition party.

Tobias Harris |

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Ain't No Sunshine

Kim Dae-jung may have been a democrat, but the late South Korean president was no saint. His true legacy will be one of utter failure in dealing with his northern neighbor.

Sung-Yoon Lee |

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Egypt's Next Strongman

Meet the two men most likely to succeed Egypt’s aging president: His son, Gamal Mubarak, and his spy chief, Omar Suleiman. But does either one really represent desperately needed change?

Issandr Amrani |

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Why a Jailed Dissident Is Palestine's Best Hope

Despite being imprisoned in Israel, Marwan Barghouti proved his popularity at the Fatah party congress. Here's why the politician holds promise for his party and Hamas -- as well as Palestine and Israel in general. 

Jo-Ann Mort |

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Meet Afghanistan's Biggest Blogger

How 26-year-old Nasim Fekrat helped create Afghanistan's blogosphere out of thin air.

Annie Lowrey |

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Bildt to Last?

He's the diplomat Europe loves to hate. And he's only got five months left.

Cameron Abadi |

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The Inept Captain of a Sinking Ship

The rise and fall of Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, and his party.

Tobias Harris |

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Commander of the Faithful

Meet the man who is Islamabad and Washington's new Public Enemy No. 1.

Imtiaz Ali |

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Uribe Falls to Earth

Colombia's president is used to being wildly popular. But now, his flirtation with a third term may be getting him into trouble.

Adam Isacson |