Australia's former prime minister on tensions in the Pacific, China's leadership, and the language of diplomacy.
The spy chief who nailed Osama bin Laden reflects on Syria, Iran, and the most dysfunctional U.S. Congress in recent memory.
The starchitect on his first project in the Arab world -- and why it's hard these days to find a benevolent dictator with taste.
The entrepreneur and technology theorist weighs in on drones, surveillance, and what's coming next.
Nigeria's finance minister on resource curses, African growth, and why America shouldn't be so smug about corruption.
"Arab Winter" is a stupid slogan and the West needs to get over its China fixation, says France's most prominent intellectual.
The "Black Swan" theorist reflects on the most stable country in human history and the folly of the European Union.
The Midnight's Children author reflects on life under fatwa, the Arab Spring, and his one-night stand with Twitter.
The veteran economist and Washington power-player on China, currency wars, and working with Henry Kissinger.
Turkey can be a democratic model for the Middle East, its president says.
The Middle East's real problem is poverty, not politics, says Israel's president.
"Seattle has Bill," Thomas Friedman once wrote. "Bangalore has Nandan." The co-founder of Infosys -- the Indian company that made "outsourcing" a household word -- famously gave Friedman the central conceit for The World Is Flat when he said that global commerce's "playing field is being leveled" by communications technology. Now tasked with providing digital IDs to 1.2 billion Indians, Nandan Nilekani is trying to finish the job he started in the private sector: bringing a country that never entirely left the 19th century all the way into the 21st.
A decade and five books later, the world's most famous investigative journalist has told us more about what happened behind closed doors in Washington's global war on terror than anyone. So how does he think it will be remembered?
America's most famous diplomat reflects on a very revolutionary 2011, the rise of China, and the prospects for a new Cold War.
The Swiss-born grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood's founder made his career trying to prove that the West and Islam, secularism and belief, can coexist peacefully. With his George W. Bush-era travel ban revoked, Tariq Ramadan has now journeyed back to the United States, where his faith in faith has been put to the test by a painful year for American Muslims.
The legendary central banker speaks with FP about family values, what went wrong with big finance, and why baseball is to blame.
The scion of a socialist political dynasty, son of one prime minister and grandson of another, George Papandreou has also inherited the unwelcome task of bringing Greece's sinking economy back from the depths of the Aegean. Here, he explains how Greeks are more stoic than you think, that Europe isn't the problem -- and why markets are not gods.
A theoretical physicist who spent 14 years as Bill Gates's ideas guru at Microsoft, Nathan Myhrvold might seem an odd candidate to take up the fight against malaria, long combated with technology no more advanced than bed nets and quinine. Here, he explains why geek power might be exactly what's needed to tackle the scourges of the developing world.
When Jacqueline Novogratz first traveled to Africa in 1986, she meant business -- the serious business of sharing her entrepreneurial know-how with the poor. Now, the founder of the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm that works in developing countries, tells FP why she first went abroad and why it's time to end the culture of handouts.
One of the world's most popular novelists, Coelho has sold more than 100 million books in 150-plus countries. He spoke with FP about growing up in Brazil, the importance of artists today, and how to sell novels in Africa.
Afghanistan's first postwar finance minister has now set his sights on reforming the country from the ground up, calling out his former boss, President Hamid Karzai, for corruption and failure. Here, the poetry-loving Pashtun speaks with FP about his troubled homeland's past and future.
A former tenant of Tehran's infamous Evin prison and award-winning investigative journalist offers his advice to those who carry on the fight.
An unlikely dissident, imprisoned for almost two decades for his 1978 democratic tract "The Fifth Modernization," looks forward to China's democratic future.
With the financial crisis sparking renewed interest in his ideas, the godfather of chaos theory looks back on a life of turbulence.
The Nobel Prize-winning economist reflects on misguided policies, social disasters -- and whether he had it too easy.
"I entered politics because I realized I was not going to play for Newcastle United and I was never going to be Mick Jagger."