The American magazine Foreign Policy and British magazine Prospect have published a joint list of the world's Top 100 Public Intellectuals. The list includes several PostGlobal panelists. Who's missing from the list? Who would you take off?

Posted by Lauren Keane on May 29, 2008 2:10 PM


Michael Young is the Opinion Editor and a columnist for Lebanon’s The Daily Star newspaper. He is also a contributing editor and contributor at Reason magazine, where he writes bi-weely articles.

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The literati will cringe, but the first name I always search out for on these lists is Oprah Winfrey.

Michael Young Beirut, Lebanon | 9 COMMENTS
May 29, 2008 at 10:41 AM
Ibsen Martínez is a Venezuelan playwright and novelist. A former telenovela writer based in Caracas, he is now a freelance writer and regular contributor to a number of newspapers, magazines and websites in both Spanish and English. He writes a weekly column for the Caracas daily "Tal Cual." Spanish language newspapers such as Madrid's "El País" and "ABC" as well as Buenos Aires's "La Nación" run his articles on a regular basis. His essays on literary and political subjects have appeared in prestigious magazines such as "La Nouvelle Revue Françoise", Mexico's " Letras Libres", Washington's "Foreign Policy" and The Washington Post's "Outlook" magazine. He also writes a monthly column on Latin American economic issues for the Liberty Fund's website, "Econlib Library (

Why Latin Americans Don’t Make the Cut

Ibsen Martinez Venezuela | 29 COMMENTS
Njoroge is a journalist who formerly worked for the Kenya-based People Daily. He was Africa Correspondent for the Science and Development Network (, a UK-based web site highlighting science and technology issues from developing countries. He also freelanced for the Switzerland-based Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO). Njoroge was a press fellow at the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge for four months in 2003, where he researched the role of alternative press in the democratization process in Africa. Njoroge currently lives in the U.S. He has studied Journalism and Technical Communication at the graduate level.

Exasperation Leads Africans to Action

Njoroge Wachai Kenya | 3 COMMENTS
Ignacio Gil Vázquez is the managing editor of Spain’s second largest circulation newspaper, El Mundo. He previously served as foreign correspondent in France and as Culture section editor. He has covered wide-ranging events throughout his career, including the Basque conflict, Catalan politics, Francois Mitterrand’s final years as president of France, his successor Jacques Chirac’s election, and the death of Princess Diana.

Three More Influential People

Ignacio Gil Vázquez Madrid, Spain | 0 COMMENTS
Kin-ming Liu


» _kt_ | Who cares about this list? The only thing more annoying than non-productive pseudo-intellectuals telling each other how important they are, is when th...
» daniel | Ok, I looked over the list of top 100 intellectuals and I can see immediately that the list obscures one of the most complex problems in the world tod...
» Yousuf Hashmi | I recommend to add the "unknown intellectual "to this list. The real intellectuals are those who are known only after their death. The people of fame...

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