Michele Wucker is President of the World Policy Institute, a New York based center for global policy thought leadership. Her new book, The Gray Rhino: Why We Keep Missing the Most Obvious Threats -and How We Can Get Out of their Way, will be published in 2014 by St Martin’s Press. She also is the author of LOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right (Public Affairs; a Washington Post Book World “Best Nonfiction of 2006? Selection) and Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle For Hispaniola (FSG/Hill & Wang, 1999). A 2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a former Guggenheim Fellow, she has been widely interviewed by US and international media including MSNBC, CNBC, and CNN.
I was honored to moderate this year’s Tisch Forum on Public Health at Hunter College Roosevelt House, “Confronting a Superstorm of Challenges: A New American Grand Strategy,” on November 18, 2013.
On CNBC Squawk on the Street August 29, 2013, I raised the possibility of an intervention by Russia, Iran and/or China to secure a solution for Syria that would avoid a US military intervention. Here’s the clip.
Gray Rhinos are highly probable, high impact crises. Introducing a framework for dealing with these seemingly obvious but nevertheless very poorly handled events, I delivered this address at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2013.
CNN In America asked me to put the brouhaha over Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In, into a global context. Here’s what I came up with:
Opinion: Lean in to learn from global examples of women
March 8, 2013
(CNN) – The courage of women like Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old student leader in Pakistan who was shot and nearly died for fighting for girls’ right to education; Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who endured nearly 15 years of house arrest because of her stand for democracy in Myanmar; and of precedent-setting presidents like Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Dilma Rousseff of Brazil is inspirational.
America’s women and work discussion could take a lesson from other countries.
Americans make plenty of pronouncements about why countries like Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia should let women go to school, drive cars and have many of the rights American women take for granted.
But focusing exclusively on the extreme examples of restrictions on women’s rights elsewhere provides a convenient way to overlook the ways we could do better here at home.