Category: People

Who is Recep Erdoğan? (1954 – present)

  • Turkey President, elected PM 2003 - served 3 terms before becoming PM.
  • Presidency characterised by a neo-Islamist, intrusive, growing authoritarian rule.
  • Like Putin in Russia & Sisi in Egypt, attempting to consolidate power by creating an executive presidency.
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Who is Justin Trudeau? (1971 – present)

  • Politician: Leader of Liberal Party & Canadian PM (since Oct 2015).
  • Political positioning in election: Progressive, optimistic, idealistic, multicultural.
  • Economic positioning in election: End austerity, start fiscal expansion.
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Who is Kamala Harris? (1964 – present)

  • US politician (Democrat).
  • Attorney-general of California.
  • After California's Barbara Boxer (Democrat) announced that she would retire from the U.S. Senate in 2017, Harris was the first candidate to declare she would vie for the seat.
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Who is Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud? (1980 – present)

  • 30 year old member of Saudi Arabia royal family (currently the youngest defence minister in the world, chief of economic policy co-ordination + head of royal court).
  • Embodies new Saudi adventurist-muscular foreign policy.
  • Known as a hard worker, he is apparently a favourite of his father (Salman, who became king in January 2015).
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Who is Emmanuel Macron? (1977 – present)

  • French politician (Socialist Party), former banker, current economy minister.
  • At vanguard of battle against old-guard within own party to reform ailing economy.
  • Believes France will have to compromise on its generous socialist model to get growth back on track.
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Who is Jacob Zuma? (1942 – present)

  • President of South Africa, elected 2009 and re-elected 2014, president of ANC.
  • Acquitted on rape charges in 2005, but has faced continued allegations of racketeering, corruption and cronyism.
  • Currently facing scandal involving US$22m of taxpayer's money used to pay for his private home and is increasingly criticised for his growing autocratic tendencies.
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Who is Ashton Carter? (1954 – present)

  • US Pentagon/Defence official, Obama's secretary of defence since 04 Feb 2015.
  • Previously Pentagon's chief arms buyer & assistant secretary of defence under former President Bill Clinton.
  • He is a Democrat and was a Rhodes scholar, receiving a PhD. in theoretical physics from Oxford University.
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