The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers

Foreign Policy presents a unique portrait of 2011's global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them.


The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers: The Revolutionaries

The 14 brave individuals who tied for the top spot on our 2011 Global Thinkers list.

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Paul Krugman on 5 Other FP Global Thinkers

The New York Times columnist has a lot to say about other Thinkers. Here's a small sample.

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The New New Europe

How the crisis is reshaping the continent.

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End of the Argument

How we won the debate over stopping genocide.


The U.S. diplomatic cables that mattered most this year.


Life in a Glass House

A glimpse behind the closely watched door to Ai Weiwei’s studio.

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It Ain’t Easy Being a Central Banker

Spare a thought for the bureaucrats stuck with one of the most important, and miserable, jobs in the world.


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 a year of revolutions. (Hint: There's not a lot of bullishness in this group.) So take a look at what our brilliant collection of Nobel winners, paradigm-shattering authors, and leaders from around the world has to say about this momentous year and what's in store for 2012.


What Do Saudi Women Want?

It's not as simple as driving, voting, and property.

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The Big Think Behind the Arab Spring

Do the Middle East's revolutions have a unifying ideology?


The FP Interview: Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates on some unexpected new sources of aid -- and what they've learned from trying to save the world.


Does Facebook Have a Foreign Policy?

The social networking giant has the power to change the world for the better. But does it want to?


A History of (Non)Violence

Why humans are becoming more peaceful.

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John Stuart Mill, Dead Thinker of the Year

The 19th century thinker still has much to teach us on liberty.

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6 Ideas for the Ash Heap of History

The just-plain-wrong notions that (hopefully) bit the dust this year.

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 Stories You Missed in 2011

10 events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2012.