Leadership in Action
In recent months, leaders around the world have been forced to grapple with a series of threats to domestic and international stability. From the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fallout to populism and escalating cyberattacks, the need for effective leadership at this moment is critical. But as dire as the situation seems today, we have been here before.
In this series of animated videos, leaders recount their decisions in challenging times.
In the premiere episode, former Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand takes us back in time to the Russian cyber-attack against Estonia in 2007, one of the first operations of its kind, which resulted in the paralysis of Estonian banks, media outlets, and government institutions. This episode provides a cautionary tale for those searching for additional tools to combat modern-day warfare in cyberspace. The tactics may have changed over time, but the lessons endure.
Former American Secretary of State Madeleine Albright returns to one of the defining moments of her career to reflect on the U.S. intervention to end ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. From assessing the intentions of an unpredictable Serbian leader to managing the fallout from an accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, this installment tells the tale of high stakes geopolitical negotiations, overcoming adversity, and what it takes to find one's voice.
Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou takes us back to 2009, when Greece was on the brink of economic collapse due to the European debt crisis. This is a story about sacrifice, difficult choices, and national resilience against imposing odds.