Top stories of 2011

December 21st, 2011

With the end of 2011 just a few days away, Professor Voices asked several of our experts to tell us what they thought were the top stories of 2011. We’ll be posting more lists over the next few days.

College of Arts & Sciences

Graham Wilson, Chair, Department of Political Science

1. Gridlock in D.C., especially the debt ceiling fiasco

2. The Republican race

3. The unresolved euro crisis and the future of the EU

4. The “temporary” revival of the left with the Occupy movement

Contact Wilson at 617-353-2540; gkwilson@bu.edu

Kecia Ali, Department of Religion

The year’s top story is the Arab Spring – and related, Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman sharing the Nobel Peace Prize.

Also this year: the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Sudan’s split, and U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq.

Of course, these headline events ignore the steady pulse of struggles for sustenance as well as justice undertaken by the global poor without regard to changes of the calendar year.

Contact Ali at 617-353-4465; ka@bu.edu

William Keylor, International Relations

1. The end of the Iraq War

2. The crisis of the euro and the European Union

3. The nuclear accident in Japan

4. The Arab Spring

5. The Republican presidential primary campaign and debates in the U.S.

Contact Keylor at 617-358-0197; wrkeylor@bu.edu

Vivien Schmidt, International Relations

To my mind, the biggest stories all surround the erozone crisis…over and over again as EU leaders announce big solutions that fail to convince the markets, more and more quickly.

Contact Schmidt at 617-358-0192; vschmidt@edu.bu

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