TIME's Person of the Year: The Protester

A year after a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself ablaze, dissent has spread across the Middle East, reaching Europe and the U.S., reshaping global politics and redefining people power

Runner-Up: William McRaven

He led the special-ops teams that took down Osama bin Laden. For both the man and his troops, it was a long time coming

Runner-Up: Artist Ai Weiwei

In a year of crackdowns in China, the fate of its best-known artist held the world in suspense. How far will Ai's activism go?

Runner-Up: Kate Middleton

Her wedding to Prince William captured the gaze and goodwill of millions. Now the demure, diplomatic Duchess Of Cambridge is poised to reinvest celebrity with restraint


People Who Mattered (Person of the Year)

TIME surveys the key figures, from politics and sports to entertainment and religion, who shaped our world over the past year

Fond Farewells (Person of the Year)

Remembering those who left us in 2011: Carrie Fisher on Elizabeth Taylor, John Lasseter on Steve Jobs, Rosalynn Carter on Betty Ford



Capital Appreciation (Next Time You're in ... Brazil)

Board a Bus for the Best Way to See Brasília

High Times (After Dark)

Chill Out at the summit of Ho Chi Minh City


Saving the Euro (Inbox)

Rethinking Angst; A Voice of Reason; The Not-So-Good Old Days; Godspeed, Voyagers