Anger and Hope: A Conversation With Tzipi Livni by Jonathan Tepperman

Anger and Hope: A Conversation With Tzipi Livni

Foreign Affairs,
June 8, 2016
Tzipi Livni has been called the most powerful woman in Israel since Golda Meir. Born to a prominent right-wing family, Livni spent several years working for the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service, before entering politics. In the decades since, she has held eight different cabinet posts—including minister of justice and minister of foreign affairs—and undergone...
Ministering Justice: A Conversation With Ayelet Shaked by Jonathan Tepperman

Ministering Justice: A Conversation With Ayelet Shaked

Foreign Affairs,
June 8, 2016
Ayelet Shaked is a relative new­comer to Israeli politics. Shaked, 40, served as Benjamin Netanyahu’s office manager before breaking with the prime minister and joining Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party in 2012 and then winning election to the Knesset in 2013. Following the 2015 election, Shaked was named Israel’s minister of justice. Since then, she...
Ruth Porat

The Good News from Google: A Conversation with Ruth Porat

Foreign Affairs,
March 1, 2016
Ruth Porat has taken an unusual path to the tech world. Before becoming the chief financial officer at Google in May 2015 (and then at Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, a few months later), she held the same post at Morgan Stanley, where among other roles she worked closely with the U.S. government to sort...
The Scholar as Secretary by Jonathan Tepperman

The Scholar as Secretary: A Conversation with Ashton Carter

Foreign Affairs,
September 1, 2015
Ashton Carter has an unusual background for a secretary of defense. Before assuming the United States’ top military post in February, he studied medieval history and particle physics as an undergraduate at Yale, got a Ph.D. in physics as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, and taught international affairs at Harvard. He also served as an...
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Syria’s President Speaks: An Interview with Bashar al-Assad

Foreign Affairs,
March 1, 2015
The civil war in Syria will soon enter its fifth year, with no end in sight. On January 20, Foreign Affairs managing editor Jonathan Tepperman met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to discuss the conflict in an exclusive interview. I would like to start by asking you about the war. It has now...
The Mission for Manila by Jonathan Tepperman

The Mission for Manila: A Conversation With Benigno Aquino III

Foreign Affairs,
November 1, 2014
In the last four years, Benigno Aquino III — generally known by his nickname Noynoy — has turned the Philippines from one of Asia’s underperformers into one of its economic stars. Aquino is a scion of the Philippines’ most beloved political dynasty; his father, the opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr., was assassinated by President Ferdinand...
Opening Indonesia by Jonathan Tepperman

Opening Indonesia: An Interview with President Joko Widodo

Foreign Affairs,
November 1, 2014
On July 9, nearly 135 million Indonesians went to some 480,000 polling stations and picked a new president — just the third to be directly elected in the country’s history. (Indonesia overthrew its longtime dictator, Suharto, in 1998, but his initial successors were chosen by the legislature.) Their choice: Joko Widodo, known universally as Jokowi....

Rebooting Rwanda: A Conversation With Paul Kagame

Foreign Affairs,
May 1, 2014
On April 6, 1994, a plane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana was shot down by unidentified assailants. The next day, the killings began. Over the next three months, as the international community stood by, an estimated one million Rwandans—Tutsis and moderate Hutus—were systematically slaughtered by Hutu extremists, mostly using clubs and machetes. The genocide, one...

Pact for Progress: A Conversation With Enrique Peña Nieto

Foreign Affairs,
January 1, 2014
When Enrique Peña Nieto, 47, became Mexico’s president, on December 1, 2012, expectations were hardly sky-high. A one-term state governor, Peña Nieto was relatively untested. His election also represented a return to power for Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which had run the country for 70 years before being ousted in 2000 in the country’s...
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Talking Turkey: A Conversation With Abdullah Gul

Foreign Affairs,
September 24, 2013
Last October, Turkish President Abdullah Gul met with Foreign Affairs Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman in Ankara to discuss politics at home and throughout the region. This week, with Gul in New York to address the UN General Assembly, the two resumed the conversation. We last talked almost exactly a year ago. Let’s start by reviewing...