Nicolas Sarkozy joined the Berggruen Institute's 21st Century Council.
Alain Minc wrote a major piece for the New York Review of Books, “An Open Letter to My Friends, the Financiers of America.”
Guy Verhofstadt co-authored, with Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a manifesto for European reform, “For Europe.”
Arianna Huffington, at The Huffington Post, launched "What is Working," an initiative dedicated to identifying solutions to America's jobs crisis, along with "JobRaising," a fundraising challenge for employment-boosting nonprofits.
Raghuram Rajan joined the government of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as chief economic advisor, while Gordon Brown became the United Nations’ special envoy for global education
Ernesto Zedillo launched the final report -- called Deepening Democracy: A Strategy for Improving the Integrity of Elections Worldwide –- of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security. Earlier this year, he joined Fernando Henrique Cardoso in bringing out a report on HIV/AIDS by the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
Shaukat Aziz helped found the Asian Peace Council. At the Aspen Ideas Festival, Eric X. Li engaged in a widely discussed debate on China and democracy, while Mohamed El-Erian wrote a letter from “concerned citizens” to the U.S. Congress as members returned from recess.
Eli Broad published a memoir, "The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking."
In her address to the Republican convention, Condoleezza Rice called revamping American schools in poor and minority neighborhoods "the civil rights issue of our time," picking up a theme from the Council on Foreign Relations task force she co-chaired earlier this year with former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein.
Pascal Lamy gave a speech at the Singapore Global Dialogue on "Governance of a Multipolar World Order."