The President Giving Hope to Africa’s Democrats
Gambian President Adama Barrow was born the same year his country gained independence. Now, 52 years later, he’s tasked with putting it back together again.
The Politician Advancing a Values-Driven Alternative to Global Leadership
This year, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland warned her country not to take the liberal world order for granted.
The Journalists Igniting a Conversation on Sexual Assault
Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, and Ronan Farrow exposed Harvey Weinstein’s crimes against women. Thousands around the word said, “#MeToo.”
A Message From Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima
The 2017 Global Thinker hopes that the world will "keep watching the Philippines."
The Political Operative Shaping President Trump’s ‘America First’ Agenda
From Breitbart News to the White House, Steve Bannon represents a powerful and disruptive force that has reshaped American politics.
The Director Bringing the Story of Afghan Women to the Screen
As a teenager, Roya Sadat organized performances dramatizing the Taliban’s appalling treatment of women. Today, she is one of the country’s most prominent filmmakers.
The Producer Helping Show the Vietnam War in a New Light
In Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's “The Vietnam War,” Ho Dang Hoa shaped the Vietnamese side of the story.
The Prime Minister Putting His Country Back Together
Haider al-Abadi has one of the world’s hardest jobs: driving ISIS out of Iraq, launching reforms to the public sector, and preventing his country from being used as a battleground.
The President Trying to Rebuild Decent Democratic Leadership
Despite inheriting a corruption scandal and a looming threat to the north, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is pushing for open government, dialogue, and peace.
The Women Who Came Forward
In 2017, what started as a trickle became a waterfall, as women across the world began sharing stories of sexual harassment and assault as part of the #MeToo campaign.
FP’s 2017 Leading Global Thinkers
2017 was a year of reckoning. These minds found remarkable ways not just to rethink our strange new world but also to reshape it.
Why the ‘Five Stages of Grief’ Theory Is a Sham
2015 Global Thinker Hanya Yanagihara and writer Meghan O'Rourke debate the limits of pain, empathy, and romance.
Global Thinkers: The Founder of Women Without Borders Edit Schlaffer
For betting on maternal instincts.