Creative Strategies to Pull Out of the Pandemic

As we face the biggest global crisis of the 21st century, leadership is key. What lessons does history hold?

The coronavirus emergency is the world’s biggest crisis of the 21st century — worse than the tragic losses on 9/11 and the economic damage of the great recession. Using lessons from history, we look at positive ways for all of us to emerge from the pandemic. Retired Admiral James Stavridis spent 37 years in the US navy and served in both Democratic and Republican administrations. He led US Southern Command in Miami and served as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO. His latest book is Sailing True North. Admiral Stavridis calls himself “a very serious cook,” and is spending time during the lockdown learning a new language: Portuguese.

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Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

Sailing True NorthAdmiral James Stavridis is an Operating Executive of The Carlyle Group, following five years as the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. A retired 4-star officer in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy, and cyber security. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. He earned more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations in his 37-year military career.

Earlier in his military career he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat. In 2016, he was vetted for Vice President by Hillary Clinton and subsequently invited to Trump Tower to discuss a cabinet position in the Trump Administration.

Admiral Stavridis earned a PhD in international relations and has published nine books and hundreds of articles in leading journals around the world. His 2012 TED talk on global security has close to one million views. Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News, and has tens of thousands of connections on the social networks.

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Shared National Sacrifice: Are We Ready?

The times ahead may be radically different than what we have ever experienced. Are we up for the challenge?

From the Korean War and the fight for civil rights to the Vietnam draft and the war on terror, today’s generations have experienced conflict and suffering. But not since World War II have Americans been called to make the universal sacrifices demanded by the coronavirus pandemic. With millions out of work and socially isolated – and political divides increasing the tension – what needs to be done to prevent a further fraying of the fabric of our national life? Dr. Paul Light, Founding Principal Investigator at the Global Center for Public Service, explains how volunteers and civic groups can make a difference.

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Dr. Paul C. Light

Paul C. Light is Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Before joining NYU, he was vice president and director of governmental studies at the Brookings Institution and founding director of its Center for Public Service. He is a well-known expert on public service, writes frequently for major newspapers and outlets, testifies frequently before the U.S. Congress, and is an internationally known expert on the nonprofit sector and social change.

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The Leadership We Need in a Time of Crisis

At a time of profound national crisis, we are seeing new models of leadership emerge. What are the lessons for the future?

The federal government’s vast resources have traditionally made it a central source of leadership in a crisis – and its national leader, by default, the main figurehead. But in the face of a complex, far-reaching pandemic and America’s system of decentralized government, new models of leadership are emerging. Governors and mayors have stepped up to the plate. Partisan rivals like Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi overcome deep divisions to work together on a vast government bailout package. General Wesley K. Clark talks about how this profound national crisis is reshaping models of leadership in American – and what lessons this can hold for our future.

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General Wesley K. Clark, (ret.)

Wesley K. Clark is a businessman, educator, writer and commentator who serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm. Clark retired as a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army, having served in his last assignments as Commander of US Southern Command and then as Commander of US European Command/ Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes scholar. He worked with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke in the Dayton Peace Process, where he helped write and negotiate significant portions of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement. In his final assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, a 78-day air campaign, backed by ground invasion planning and a diplomatic process, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.  His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. In 2019, Clark founded Renew America Together, a nonprofit organization designed to promote and achieve greater common ground in America by reducing partisan division and gridlock.

 

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Starting Over: Saving Lives and the Economy

The coronavirus pandemic brought many industries to a virtual halt. Can we find a balance between saving lives and saving the economy?

What will the economy look like when it emerges from the coronavirus pandemic? And how can the easing of restrictions unfold without dealing another devastating blow to public health? Economic experts Jared Bernstein and Maya MacGuineas bring unique perspectives to the debate on how to best balance the needs of public safety, business and the federal budget – and how we can press forward in the search for common ground solutions.

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Jared Bernstein

Jared Bernstein joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in May 2011 as a Senior Fellow. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, Executive Director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team. Bernstein’s areas of expertise include federal and state economic and fiscal policies, income inequality and mobility, trends in employment and earnings, international comparisons, and the analysis of financial and housing markets.

Maya MacGuineas

Maya MacGuineas is the president of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Her areas of expertise include budget, tax, and economic policy. As a leading budget expert for the past twenty years and a political independent, she has worked closely with members of both parties and serves as a trusted resource on Capitol Hill. MacGuineas testifies regularly before Congress and has published broadly, including regularly in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Atlantic, and numerous other outlets. She also appears regularly as a commentator on television. MacGuineas oversees a number of the Committee’s projects including the grassroots coalition Fix the Debt; the Committee’s Fiscal Institute; and FixUS, a project seeking to better understand the root causes of our nation’s growing divisions and deteriorating political system, and to work with others to bring attention to these issues and the need to fix them. Her most recent area of focus is on the future of the economy, technology, and capitalism. Previously, MacGuineas worked at the Brookings Institution and on Wall Street, and in the spring of 2009 she did a stint on The Washington Post editorial board, covering economic and fiscal policy. MacGuineas serves on a number of boards and is a native Washingtonian. Contact her at MacGuineas@crfb.org and find her on Twitter @MayaMacGuineas.

 

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Introducing A New Podcast: Let’s Find Common Ground

At a time of crisis and polarization, how can we heal the divide? Our new podcast seeks shared solutions to today’s vital issues.

In these unprecedented times of crisis and political polarization, can we find a shared path forward? Our new podcast offers lively and thoughtful conversations with top leaders in public policy, finance and more as they seek common ground on today’s most urgent and divisive questions. Join us to see how we can make progress on vital issues by leading with civil public discourse.

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