The career of Russ Feingold, former Democratic senator from Wisconsin, took an unexpected turn when, in 2010, after losing his re-election campaign, he was named U.S. special envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Feingold’s choice to leave the Senate for a country where the M23 Rwandan-backed rebels were waging a bloody war against the government might have seemed odd. But his patient efforts to organize talks with neighboring African leaders and oversee the peace negotiation have been fruitful. In November 2013, Rwanda withdrew its support to the M23, and they renounced the rebellion. Despite recent challenges in places like Syria and Ukraine, Feingold has succeeded in showing that diplomacy is still alive and well.