Intertitle: Which world leader should the next President host at the first state dinner in 2017?
Anne-Marie Slaughter: My candidate for the first state dinner would be President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. That’s an unusual choice, but Nigeria is absolutely critical country in Africa. Critical on everything from economic growth, tech innovation, and counterterrorism. And president Buhari is democratically elected. He’s a Muslim president who succeeded a Christian president. The symbolism is very important. The country and the continent are critically important, and that would be my pick.
Intertitle: What book should the next president read before taking office?
Slaughter: Asking any author about a book the President should read immediately makes me think, “Mine, of course.” But what I would actually say is the next president should be Jamie Merisotis’ America Needs Talent. It is a short book that essentially explains why talent and the cultivation and recruiting and nurturing of talent is essential to the United States for just about every issue.
Intertitle: Which non-politician should the next President call regularly for outside-the-beltway perspective?
Slaughter: My advice for the next President would be to check in regularly with Bryan Stevenson. Bryan Stevenson runs the Equal Justice Initiative, seeking equal justice for all races and faiths. He has his finger on the pulse of many of the most disadvantaged and discriminated-against Americans, and he will help pierce the beltway bubble.