The Black Swan: The Big Thaw

Brookings Foreign Policy experts have come together to create a series of policy memos addressing the “big bets”—opportunities to strengthen President Obama’s second term—and “black swans,” the low probability, high-impact events that could derail the administration’s priorities. These were released at a public event on Thursday, January 17. Senior Fellow Elizabeth Ferris says a “Black Swan” is dramatic climate change and how the Obama administration will respond and take leadership in reducing carbon emissions causing global warming.