Africa, Geopolitical Forecasting Africa’s Iron Lady

October 4, 2021
By Kristen de Groot | Penn Today

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, often called “Africa’s Iron Lady,” has been working her entire life for a peaceful, just, and healthy future. As president of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Sirleaf became a voice for freedom in her home country and around the world. Now, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she is fighting for a brighter future once again, as the co-chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.

Sirleaf came to Perry World House to discuss how to prepare for the next pandemic, her vision for advancing democracy, battling vaccine hesitancy and the ongoing issue of women’s equity around the globe. She is a Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence at Perry World House this year.

The event was part of Perry World House’s 2021 Global Order Colloquium “How to See the Future, Forecasting and Global Policy.” The two-day colloquium also featured two virtual events: a conversation on forecasting and the U.S. intelligence community between PWH Director Michael C. Horowitz and Morgan Muir, the U.S. deputy director of national intelligence for mission integration, and a chat with former U.S. deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes, moderated by The Wall Street Journal’s Vivian Salama.

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