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What We're Reading | March 9, 2012

Article by George W. Bush Presidential Center March 9, 2012 //   2 minute read

Top Global Women: “In honor of International Women's Day, the Diplomatic Courier honors the Top Global Women who have worked to improve the world. All of these women were nominated by other women, and while some may be famous and others are not so well-known, all of them are deserving of this honor, and much more.” The Bush Institute’s own Anita McBride (Senior Advisor) and Charity Wallace (Director, Women’s Initiative) topped this compilation of incredible women.  See the full list here. (Diplomatic Courier) Cage-Busting Leadership: Rick Hess examines the restrictions placed on school leaders and how some of those same leaders are coming up with innovative ways to be effective. “The mistake is to imagine that leaders can do these things successfully or sustainably without also diligently taking steps to escape the cage created by regulations, rules, and routines.” His book, tentatively titled Cage-Busting Leadership, is due out next year. (Education Week, Rick Hess) Election Puts Pressure on Myanmar Dissident:  Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, has gone from a dissident who spent two decades under house arrest to the face of the democracy movement in Burma.  Some see the shift as risk or a gamble on her part and note that “The transition from critic to policy maker has been a tricky turning point for dissidents in other countries.” However, given Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi’s reputation for rising to the occasion, there may yet be cause for hope. (The New York Times, Thomas Fuller) The promise of Russia’s urban middle class:  Dr. Condoleezza Rice reflects on the changes since the initial rise of Vladimir Putin in the wake of his election as President yet again, and what the emerging middle class means for the future of Russia and her government. (The Washington Post, Condoleezza Rice)