Foreign Policy Announces the Leading Global Thinkers of 2015 & Unveils Seventh Annual Issue


News Story from: 12/1/15

FP_cover_NovDec2015 copy 2December 1, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – Today, Foreign Policy releases its seventh annual Global Thinkers issue. Each year Foreign Policy selects the 100 Leading Global Thinkers whose contributions are changing minds and shaping the world. From legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States and Ireland to major diplomatic triumphs, including Cuba and Iran, these 2015 thought leaders teach us that even though cultural and worldwide struggles continue, there is hope for a better future.

“This year’s Global Thinkers hold the key to what is driving change today. They have demonstrated extraordinary innovation, passion, creativity, and thirst, and have translated their ideas into action, impacting millions worldwide. We are excited that this year’s list features more women than ever before,” said David Rothkopf, editor and CEO of The FP Group. “This special annual issue is a chance to reflect on the past year, and look ahead to tomorrow.”

The honorees are organized into nine categories – the Decision-Makers, the Challengers, the Innovators, the Advocates, the Artists, the Healers, the Stewards, the Chroniclers, and the Moguls.

Among the remarkable ranks of FP’s Global Thinkers, there are individuals and organizations who have tackled climate change despite a poor country’s economic limitations; a pop singer who has challenged the Islamic State with verses; inventors who have created an iPhone app that serves as eyes for the blind; and a book with pages that clean dirty water. There are also those who have risked their lives to document the terrors of living under the Islamic State; advocates who gave voices to individuals silenced for being gay or transgender; and scientists who developed some of the first tools to combat Ebola.

Also in the latest November/December issue and Global Thinkers microsite:

-Robin Wright writes about why the Iran nuclear deal may have been historic, but not revolutionary:

-Anne Applebaum explains how dysfunction has sucked Brussels dry of a foreign-policy power:

-Mark Gevisser dissects why repressive states are fighting a losing battle against sexual freedom:

-Global Thinker Margot Wallström on what it means to have a feminist foreign policy:

-Global Thinker Ameenah Gurib-Fakim on why science might be the key to bridging the development gap:

-Global Thinker Shukria Barakzai on female-driven peace talks in Afghanistan:

-Global Thinker Nick Bostrom on the existential threat of artificial intelligence:

-Global Thinker Hanya Yanagihara on writing one of the most popular books of the year:

-Global Thinker Chigozie Obioma on his allegorical take on British imperialism:

-Global Thinker Robin Hammond on the power of photography as an advocacy tool: