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Harvard Kennedy School is well represented on Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers 2011. Professors Edward Glaeser, Lant Pritchett and Joseph Nye are included, along with alumni Andrew Sullivan MC/MPA 1986 and Robert Zoellick MPP 1981.
Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics and serves as faculty director of both the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. FP notes that Glaeser's new book, "Triumph of the City," "overturns scores of conventional wisdoms about urban spaces: Teeming slums aren't a sign of poverty but of economic dynamism."
Lant Pritchett is professor of the practice of international development and serves as co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics. FP hails Pritchett for "pairing careful empiricism with willful provocation" when assessing the progress of developing nations. " Pritchett's solution is straightforward: Do a better job of measuring the things that matter. Rather than counting post offices, ask whether the mail is getting delivered."
Joseph Nye is university professor, author of "Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics" and "The Future of Power," and former U.S. undersecretary of defense. According to FP, you should not "call Nye a declinist. He argues that despite America's current difficulties, the U.S. economy is still more vibrant, and U.S. culture more influential, than China's."
Andrew Sullivan MC/MPA 1986 is a renowned author and political commentator who writes for The Daily Beast. "His ability to glide between political ideologies has made him a lightning rod for criticism, but also the rare figure in contemporary politics who can reach audiences across the political spectrum," FP proclaims.
Robert Zoellick MPP 1981 is the president of the World Bank and a former U.S. deputy secretary of state. FP lauds his efforts to persuade "powerful countries not to overlook the plight of the poor. In its fifth year with Zoellick at the helm, the bank has been a model of good acts in lean times."
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