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Articles from No. 190, December

100 Top Global Thinkers: Foreign Policy Presents a Unique Portrait of 2011's Global Marketplace of Ideas and the Thinkers Who Make Them
1 The Arab Revolutionaries Alaa Al Aswany * Mohamed ElBaradei, Wael Ghohim * Ali Ferzat, Razan Zaitouneh * Rached Ghannouchi, Khairat El Shater * Tawakkol Karman * Wadah Khanfar * Eman Al Nafjan, Manal al-Sharif * FAthi Terbil * Srdja Popovic,...
100 Top Global Thinkers: Foreign Policy Presents a Unique Portrait of 2011's Global Marketplace of Ideas and the Thinkers Who Make Them
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 32 PAUL KRUGMAN For keeping the Keynesian flame alive in an age of austerity Economist, Princeton University I Princeton, N.J. For American liberals, Paul Krugman's twice-a-week New York Times column has become a...
16 Global Cities to Watch
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1. Singapore. Surely the world's best-managed city, if a little too orderly for my own taste. It's always worth watching what they are up to, because they provide a clear model for much of the world. 2. Gurgaon. The growing...
6 Ideas for the Ash Heap of History
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The world can be a humbling place for the purveyor of big ideas. Each year, earth-shattering events, be it the 9/11 attacks, the 2008 financial crisis, or the 2011 Arab Spring, upend received wisdom and demand fresh thinking....
Does Facebook Have a Foreign Policy?
Toward the end of 2008, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was musing about a massive political rally in Colombia earlier that year. A young man had started a Facebook group to show his revulsion against the FARC guerrillas, and one month later, on Feb....
Global Thinkers, Fill in the Blanks: The World's Smartest People Tell Us What to Think about Barack Obama, the Arab Spring, and the Dizzying Events of 2011
THE BEST MUSE FOR THESE TIMES IS ... Mohamed Bouazizi.--MOHAMED ELBARADEI * Still Springsteen.--LANT PRITCHETT * Pollyanna: Someone has to stay optimistic.--GARETH EVANS * William Shakespeare.--MARTIN WOLF * Martin Wolf.--PAUL COLLIER * Steve Jobs.--SALAM...
John Stuart Mill, Dead Thinker of the Year
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FUNDAMENTALLY, THE past year has been about grappling with the most profound question in political philosophy: how to create legitimate central authority. In one Arab country after another--Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria--populations...
Letter from the Editor
A Year ago, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei ranked 20th on FOREIGN POLICY'S list of top Global Thinkers as we saluted his audacity in returning to Egypt for the daunting task of somehow...
The Big Think Behind the Arab Spring
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Why does every nation on Earth move to change their conditions except for us? Why do we always submit to the batons of the rulers and their repression? How long will Arabs wait for foreign saviors?" That is how the inflammatory...
The FP Interview
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Bill Gates on what's lacking in development: The greatest market failure is the lack of investment in innovation, particularly innovation that would be of particular value to the poorest. But a lot of our inventiveness...
The FP Survey: The Wisdom of the Smart Crowd
For the third year in a row, Foreign Policy polled the world's top Global Thinkers to ask everything from how Barack Obama's really doing on the economy to what the biggest threats to global stability are in this year of revolutions. (Hint: There's...
The Stories You Missed in 2011
Plus: The Wisdom of the Smart Crowd. FP asked our Global Thinkers to tell us what the most overlooked stories of 2011 were. Some of their answers ... [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1 INDIA'S MILITARY BUILDUP China's new aircraft carrier--actually...
What Do Saudi Women Want?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHAT DO SAUDI WOMEN WANT? I wish I could give you an easy answer. But Saudi Arabia is a diverse land--spread out across a vast territory almost a fourth the size of the United States and divided by religious sects and among...
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