Soeharto’s rise to become the billionaire autocrat of the world’s fourth largest country would have seemed very unlikely in his childhood.
Kennan was one of America’s few true experts on Soviet affairs. He famously urged a “Containment” strategy to prevent Soviet expansionism, advising against military responses and arms build-ups.
Nehru was a fervent believer in what became known as ‘non-alignment’ — perhaps his greatest contribution to the 20th century world.
When it comes to the study of international relations and power, Australian scholar Coral Bell was a superstar.
The archbishop’s willingness to listen to those of a different viewpoint and his staunch opposition to violence made him a pivotal figure in the end of Apartheid in South Africa.
Meir was a remarkable woman, but her legacy is a complex one, with many suffering in her quest for a Jewish and Zionist Israel.
China’s staggering growth over the past 40 years is due to the force of personality and risk-taking of a man who stood barely 1.5m tall.
Hammarskjöld lasting legacy was to develop the secretary-general’s political role, as the UN found its way through the Cold War.
As First Lady during the Depression and second world war, Roosevelt was instrumental in how the US was run - and did much to advance women in that role.
Andrei Sakharov was one of the most brilliant scientists of the nuclear age. But he is best remembered today as one of the most fearless defenders of human rights around the world.