The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2011

The 2011 Global Thinkers list is now posted as well. Putting together such a list was an interesting challenge in a year when social change seemed to be driven more by leaderless mass movements — not to mention faceless market forces — rather than individuals leaders or revolutionaries. Reflecting that, this year’s top spot is ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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The 2011 Global Thinkers list is now posted as well.

Putting together such a list was an interesting challenge in a year when social change seemed to be driven more by leaderless mass movements -- not to mention faceless market forces -- rather than individuals leaders or revolutionaries.

Reflecting that, this year's top spot is held not by a single individual, but by 14 thinkers who contributed to this year's revolutions in the Arab world. 

The 2011 Global Thinkers list is now posted as well.

Putting together such a list was an interesting challenge in a year when social change seemed to be driven more by leaderless mass movements — not to mention faceless market forces — rather than individuals leaders or revolutionaries.

Reflecting that, this year’s top spot is held not by a single individual, but by 14 thinkers who contributed to this year’s revolutions in the Arab world. 

Also be sure to check out Charles Kenny’s interview with Bill Gates, Marc Lynch on the intellectual undercurrents behind the Arab Spring, Robert Kaplan on the dead thinker you should be reading this year, Edward Glaeser and Saskia Sassen on 16 Global Cities to watch, and much, much more. 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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