Kiro Gligorov
Kiro Gligorov
President, The Republic of Macedonia

For decades a high-ranking official in Yugoslavia's communist government, Gligorov became the president of Macedonia when it broke away from Yugoslavia in 1991. Now 81, Gligorov has carefully kept his small state (about the size of Ireland) out of trouble despite being surrounded by what locals call "the Four Wolves" -- Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia. Experts say it is a potential flash-point, because all four "wolves" have claims of one sort or another on Macedonia. It also has a weak economy and religious and ethnic tension between the Macedonian majority and an ethnic Albanian minority numbering 30 percent. But Gligorov has downplayed nationalism as obsolete and favors a political solution in Kosovo.