The year of surprise

Brexit, Trump, demonetization—2016 was the year of the surprise, a year when the unexpected became routine. In our annual year-end review (and year-ahead crystal-ball gazing exercise) in association with Project Syndicate, we tap Nobel laureates Joseph E. Stiglitz and Angus Deaton, economists Raghuram Rajan and Kaushik Basu, politicians Tony Blair and Juan Manuel Santos, political philosophers Michael Sandel and Francis Fukuyama and several others to understand 2016 better and prepare for 2017.