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Articles from No. 176, December 15

A How-To Guide for Putting Your Big Think on the Map
China was cracking down in Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall still had a few months left to stand when 36-year-old Francis Fukuyama published a wonky essay in the summer of 1989 proclaiming the triumph of democracy and flee markets. "I thought it...
Al Qaeda's Dissident
If there's one man on this list whose ideas are having a real-world impact, it's Sayyid Imam al-Sharif, sometimes known as Dr. Fadl. He's hardly a household name in the West. But among violent jihadists, this 59-year-old Egyptian inmate--one of al...
Bill Clinton's World: The Former President Tells Foreign Policy What to Read, Who to Watch, and Why There Really Is a Chance of Middle East Peace in 2010
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you wanted to know how Bill Clinton thought when he was president, you ignored the scripted set-piece speeches and instead went to listen to him talk off the cuff at an evening fundraiser. At night, he would ruminate extemporaneously...
Dead Men Walking: Why 2009's Truly Top Thinkers Are Yesterday's News
There is nothing like a really big economic crisis to separate the Cassandras from the Panglosses, the horsemen of the apocalypse from the Kool-Aid-swigging optimists. No, the last year has shown that all is not for the best in the best of all possible...
Introducing FP's 100 Top Global Thinkers. Foreign Policy Is Proud to Present This Special Report, a Unique Portrait of 2009's Global Marketplace of Ideas and the Thinkers Who Make Them
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] (1) Ben Bernanke for staving off a new Great Depression. CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL RESERVE I WASHINGTON The Zen-like chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve might not have topped the list solely for turning his superb academic...
Introducing the FP 100
Welcome to this special issue, dedicated to FOREIGN POLICY's 1st Annual List of the 100 Top Global Thinkers. In a year of worldwide economic crisis and dangerous wars, of radical innovation and newfound realpolitik, street revolution and blunt rhetoric,...
Market Riot: How the Crisis Inspired an Entirely New Set of Big Ideas on Big Money
The financial markets may have survived 2009; the same can't be said for the ideology of the market. No surprise, then, that the big ideas and big thinkers of the year are an entirely different bunch than FOREIGN POLICY might have collected before...
The Anti-God Squad
Three years ago Wired magazine popularized the term "New Atheism" with a cover story about the "crusade against belief' launched by Richard Dawkins (No. 18), Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris. (Christopher Hitchens, No. 47, filled out the roster later.)...
The Coindinistas
Pushed and prodded by a wonky group of Ph.D.'s, the U.S. military has in the last year decisively embraced a Big Idea: counterinsurgency. Not everyone in uniform is a fan, but David Petraeus and the other generals in charge of America's wars are solidly...
The FP Survey: The Wisdom of the Smart Crowd
Want to know what former President Bill Clinton, Gen. David Petraeus, three Nobel Prize-winners, best-selling authors such as Thomas Friedman and Fareed Zakaria, and thought leaders from China and Canada to India and Indonesia think about the world's...
The List, 2020 Edition: Thought Leaders for the Internet Era
The World's next great thinkers may well be just as brilliant as the ones on this list, but they're likely to come to our notice in very different ways. Take William Kamkwamba, a 22-year-old from Malawi who already exemplifies a new generation of global...
The Missing: Where Have All the Sakharovs Gone?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHERE ARE THE JAPANESE? Why are there no Russians? Who else is missing from FOREIGN POLICY'S list of the top 100 global thinkers? Look at the countries whose best minds are unrepresented on this list of those who've most...
The Stories You Missed in 2009
Sometimes it's the page A14 stories--the ones that never see the light of cable news or take oil a second life in the blogosphere--that tell you the most about what happened during any given year. From a naval alliance that could shift the military...
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