2014 was an annus horribilis in foreign policy, as the Ebola crisis, Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the rise of ISIS in a burning Middle East, and multiple civil wars in Africa attest. As the year ends, however, a closer look illuminates thousands of courageous men and women who work ceaselessly for the elusive hope of peace. I asked some of the smartest, globally-minded people I know — my students at the Harvard Kennedy School and my three daughters — to suggest those people, from the celebrated to the unknown, who gave us hope in an otherwise turbulent year. Here are their and my heroes.
Burns, Nicholas. "The Peacemakers of 2014." Boston Globe, December 23, 2014.