Foreign Policy Announces its 2017 Leading Global Thinkers


News Story from: 12/4/17

Dec. 4, 2017 — Washington, D.C. 

As the year winds down, one thing is certain: The world will never be the same. 2017 saw the start of the Trump presidency, the looming threat of a nuclear North Korea, the uncertainty enshrouding Europe’s ever-weakening union, and the search for solutions to the fake news epidemic poisoning global politics.

Politicians and protesters weren’t the only ones to respond to these dramatic changes. Saudi women activists finally won the right to drive. A new film offered a stark retelling of the Vietnam War — one that included many local voices for the first time. Gene editing offered new hope in the fight against genetic disease. An exiled Chinese artist focused his camera on the world’s growing refugee crisis. And a powerful new women’s movement focused the world’s attention to the age-old scourge of sexual abuse and predation.

Each year, Foreign Policy selects a distinguished list of people who have made an important impact on fields such as politics, diplomacy, science, and the arts. This year, the magazine is proud to recognize its honorees as Global reThinkers — individuals from around the world whose actions are disrupting the status quo and impacting countless lives, for better or worse.

According to FP’s editor in chief, Jonathan Tepperman, “This year’s list showcases a remarkable range of individuals who have found ways to exert enormous influence, often in unexpected ways, on a wild range of issues — from North Korea policy, to the rise of populism, to how we combat fake news, to cementing a new narrative in American culture… to comedy. These amazing people are not only rethinking our world, but also reshaping it. They defined 2017, and we’re thrilled by the chance to recognize their accomplishments — for good, at least in most cases.”

Among the ranks of FP’s Leading Global Thinkers of 2017 are the presidential candidate for the FARC, the Colombian rebel group that has traded in its weapons for party politics; the female director of Afghanistan’s foreign-language film contender for the Oscars; the venture capitalist who is using tech companies to bridge the gap between Israel and Palestine; and an Iraqi member of parliament who is demanding her country recognize the genocide of the Yazidis. These, among dozens of other remarkable people and the ventures they represent, are Foreign Policy’s Leading Global Thinkers of 2017.

View the entire list here.

To celebrate the list’s release, Foreign Policy will hold a reception Monday, Dec. 4, at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. Follow live coverage of the evening’s events on FP’s Twitter and Facebook accounts!

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