Narrow-minded thinking has led to the global turn in events. Issues such as the rising power of ISIS, increasing social injustice and the outbreak of Ebola have developed due to the bad decision-making of our world leaders who act based upon their 20th-century views. This is Paul Stoller’s view on why such issues have risen this fast. In his article, Global Politics, Global Health and the Anthropological Moment, Stoller argues that most world leaders are lawyers, economists, businessmen and military officers. All of these professions cause people to make decision in the manner of ‘getting things done’. However, when dealing with global issues, Stoller argues that we should have anthropologists as world leaders, and I agree.
Anthropologists are specially positioned to understand complex multicultural political, economic and social issues. The methods in which anthropologists conduct research affirms this notion; they tend to cooperate and get involved within a culture or a society in order to understand them. Ethnographic research develops cooperative attitude and results in mutual understanding and benefit.
The Afghanis have already figured this out when electing their new president, Dr. Ashraf Ghani, an anthropologist. In our current global situation, where the ongoing application of old solutions onto new problems is clearly resulting in the creation of more problems, when will people change their electoral path and elect someone who is interested in finding mutual benefit and cooperation for president? When will people elect an anthropologist?