Outward Bound

Photograph for TIME by Philip Hollis

David Miliband has an image problem. Smart and engaging, he resisted siren voices that urged him to challenge Gordon Brown in June's contest to become Prime Minister, earning a plum Cabinet job in recompense. By any reckoning he's a heavy hitter. Yet Britain's new Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs finds it tough to convince people that he's old enough to do his job. On a July trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, his first long-haul destinations since taking office, his youthful appearance provoked disbelief. "He's the Foreign Secretary? He's so young!" exclaimed social activist Atta ul Haq after meeting...

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