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The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers

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When historians look back to the moment when the post-Cold War reign of American power ended, they may well settle on 2010 as a crucial year. Everywhere, it seemed, there were signs that the long-predicted "rise of the rest" had finally occurred, whether in the newfound assertiveness of fast-growing China or the impatient diplomacy of new powers like Brazil and Turkey. Foreign Policy's second annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers fully reflects that new world. Beginning with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates (1), who teamed up to prove that even in tough times great new ideas can emerge, to forecasting economist Nouriel Roubini (12) to political leaders Barack Obama (3) and Angela Merkel (10), FP presents more than just their big ideas. Once again we took a unique survey of this very smart crowd. Nearly two-thirds participated to give you insight into their thinking on everything from how Obama's doing to their preference in new-age reading device (iPad, by a lot). But don't take our word for it -- take the same questionnaire we sent to our FP 100 and see how your answers match up against theirs.

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India Rising

From the economy to Afghanistan to grand strategy, six looks at an emerging superpower.

It's been a tough week for Barack Obama, who is reeling from a crushing midterm election defeat, yet more bad economic news, and a domestic agenda under assault. No doubt the U.S. president is thrilled to be leaving Washington Friday on a 10-day tour of Asia, where he'll be welcomed by four democratic countries that are nervously watching the foundations of American supremacy crumble before their eyes, while China's growing economic swagger and military might shakes up the region’s balance of power.

Of these four -- India, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea -- it's India that inspires the most hope among American strategists. Yet for all the talk of "natural allies," and despite all the excitement about India's emergence as a 21st century superpower-in-waiting, Washington and New Delhi haven't managed to tie the knot. Over the last two decades, economic and security ties between the two countries have blossomed, but deep differences of opinion remain. Will this be a watershed moment? Or another missed opportunity?

To find out, FP turned to some of the world's top experts on South Asia. Here's what they told us.

Whispers Behind the Welcome
By Sadanand Dhume

New Delhi's Grand Strategy
By C. Raja Mohan

India's Unfinished Business
By Arvind Pangariya

We Need an Indian Civilian Surge
By Richard Fontaine

New Delhi Surprise
By Sumit Ganguly

Weak Ties
By Anja Manuel

Obama's Asian Tour
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