As Listmas comes to a close, the editors of Reply look into their crystal ball and divine who will make headlines in the new year, and why.
Arne Duncan (U.S. Secretary of Education)
For bringing common sense education policy to the forefront of a broken system in an intense election year.
For leading Germany’s next conquest of Europe and keeping the Euro on life support.
Goodluck Johnathan (President of Nigeria)
For putting the oil-rich, developing supernation in the headlines, for better or worse.
Aung San Suu Kyi
For being the symbol of and force behind normalizing relations between Myanmar and the world.
For reclaiming his voice as the GOP’s economic evangelist.
For helping shape the voice of Afghanistan in the 21st century through his MOBY media empire.
For leading Apple into the post-Jobs future (and hopefully introducing the iPhone 5).
For keeping the world’s attention on the beautiful game, and solidifying his status as a latter-day legend.
The Supreme Court
For passing judgement on health care reform legislation in the middle of the presidential campaign.
Boris Johnson (Mayor of London)
For surviving re-election as London’s mayor and steering the city through the spectacle of the Olympic games.
Dilma Rouseff (President of Brazil)
For making waves for Brazil in the lead-in to the World Cup and the Olympics, and continuing the policies of her predecessor.
George Papaconstantinou (Greek energy minister)
For helping keep the Greek economy afloat through innovative alternative energy initiatives.