The World's Kissingers: A Country's Foreign Policy Is Often Defined Less by Its Elected Leader Than Its Behind-the-Scenes Operators and Elder Statesmen. Here Are Four Figures Setting the Global Agenda for the World's Emerging Powers, Just as Henry Kissinger Set America's for over 50 Years

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Country: Singapore

Age: 86

Position; Former prime minister, current "minister mentor" (a cabinet-level position created specifically for him)

Legacy: After shepherding Singapore to unprecedented economic growth over his 31 years as prime minister, Lee has become an apostle for the Asian model of growth, a mix of economic liberalization and rigid political control.


Lee always said that Singapore's foreign policy was dictated by its small size--it cannot survive without international and regional cooperation. But the influence of his ideas can be seen in the "peaceful rise" and not so peaceful governance of the world's most populous country: China.


Country: Brazil

Age: 67

Position: Foreign minister

Legacy; A controversial former academic who once compared wealthy countries' negotiating tactics to those of Joseph Goebbels, Amorim has deftly managed the nigh-impossible balancing act between the United States and Brazil's leftist neighbors in Venezuela and Cuba while also building Brazil's alliances with other emerging powers.

Speaking of the alliance with Russia, India, and China, Amorim said, "You have a new configuration of power appearing in the world.... We can't be conditioned by the views coming from the U. …


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