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Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1928-2017

Zbigniew Brzezinski has died aged 89. In this interview from 2008, Jonathan Power speaks to the former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter about Iran, the Cold War, and Putin's Russia
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Georgi Arbatov

From his country dacha, the Soviet Union's top America-watcher discusses Putin's Russia, US foreign policy and nuclear proliferation
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Obasanjo’s legacy

Is Nigeria a beacon of hope, or still mired in corruption and violence? As Africa's most populous country votes for a new president in April, what is the verdict on the two terms of my friend Olusegun Obasanjo?
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Pervez Musharraf, interviewed

The president and military strongman of Pakistan discusses the war in Afghanistan, a possible resolution to the Kashmir dispute—and becomes the first leader to back the idea of western governments buying up Afghanistan's poppy crop
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Pervez Musharraf

The president and military strongman of Pakistan discusses the war in Afghanistan, a possible resolution to the Kashmir dispute—and becomes the first leader to back the idea of western governments buying up Afghanistan's poppy crop
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Lula’s second breath

In 1980 I travelled to São Paulo to meet Lula, a firebrand trade unionist. Twenty-six years later, a wealthier and more democratic Brazil is preparing to re-elect him to a second presidential term
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Why Turkey’s Kurds matter

After five years of calm, the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey seems to be rekindling. But the government must not return to the heavy-handed methods of its predecessors. With EU membership now a real prospect, the best way to defuse the…
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Göran Persson

After a rocky patch in the early 1990s, the Swedish model of high taxes and high spending is now stronger—and more popular—than ever. Sweden's prime minister explains why
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Return to Tanzania

I first visited Tanzania in 1964, volunteering for Nyerere's African socialism. It didn't work. In 2005 the country is still poor, but starting to grow. Is a dose of debt relief and more aid what it now needs?
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Third way in India

After the shock election result, I sought out my friend Manmohan Singh, the new prime minister. Can this centre-left economist tame the communists and lead India on to overtake China?
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Obasanjo’s return

Having rejoiced when Olusegun Obasanjo became president of Nigeria again, I found reconnecting with him proved harder than expected.
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