Michael van der Galien

The Global Challenges of 2010

Posted on December 20 2009 9:21 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Earlier this month, Foreign Policy released its first-annual list of the 100 top global thinkers. Personally, I don’t care for these lists all that much (although it’s interesting that Foreign Policy’s #1 thinker, Ben Bernanke, is also Time’s Man of the Year).

What’s more interesting is what these thinkers say. And we have that in a follow-up survey, “The Wisdom of the Smart Crowd.”

The printer version is here, for easy scrolling. The panelists named President Barack Obama “a 7 out of 10 for his performance,” but “when asked what, exactly, had been his intellectual contribution to foreign policy, our thinkers were hard-pressed to name a specific idea, instead collectively applauding qualities like his “openness” and “multipolar worldview” (and even, explicitly, the fact that he isn’t George W. Bush).”

Continue reading at American Power.

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