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Madeleine K. Albright

Birthdate: 15. May 1937

Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright is an American politician and diplomat. She is the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State. She served from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.

The daughter of Czech diplomat Josef Korbel, Albright and her family emigrated to the United States in 1948. Her family eventually settled in Denver, and she became a U.S. citizen in 1957. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1959 and earned a PhD from Columbia University in 1975, writing her thesis on the Prague Spring. She worked as an aide to Senator Edmund Muskie before taking a position under Zbigniew Brzezinski on the National Security Council. She served in that position until the end of President Jimmy Carter's lone term.

After leaving the National Security Council, Albright joined the academic staff of Georgetown University and advised Democratic candidates regarding foreign policy. After Clinton's victory in the 1992 presidential election, she helped assemble Clinton's National Security Council. In 1993, Clinton appointed her to the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She held that position until 1997, when she succeeded Warren Christopher as Secretary of State. She served as Secretary of State until Clinton left office in 2001.

Albright currently serves as chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and as a professor of International Relations at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. In May 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama. Secretary Albright also serves as a director on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations.

„There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.“

—  Madeleine K. Albright

Keynote speech at "Celebrating Inspiration" luncheon with the WNBA's All-Decade Team, quoted in Mechelle Voepel, ESPN (July 13, 2006)
2000s

„What really troubles me is that democracy is getting a bad name because it is identified with imposition and occupation. I'm for democracy, but imposing democracy is an oxymoron. People have to choose democracy, and it has to come up from below.“

—  Madeleine K. Albright

When asked what she considered the greatest mistake of the George W. Bush administration, interview with Deborah Solomon http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0CE5DB173FF930A15757C0A9609C8B63, New York Times (April 23, 2006)
2000s

„Our nation's memory is long and our reach is far.“

—  Madeleine K. Albright

Public statement in response to the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. In: Schweid, Barry (August 10, 1998) " Albright Offers $2M Bombings Reward http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1998/Albright-Offers-$2M-Bombings-Reward/id-199d52a55e4601c022b587363eefe099".
1990s

„I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life“

—  Madeleine K. Albright

On her upbringing, Madam Secretary (2003), p. 512
2000s
Source: Madam Secretary: A Memoir

„Get out, you disgusting Serbs!“

—  Madeleine K. Albright

At a book signing in Prague https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FaPuBUY558
2000s

„I'm not a person who thinks the world would be entirely different if it was run by women. If you think that, you've forgotten what high school was like.“

—  Madeleine K. Albright

Quoted http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1215791,00.html in Time (July 18, 2006)
2000s

„I never should have made it. It was stupid.“

—  Madeleine K. Albright

Comment http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/listenagain/ram/today5_albright_20051019.ram on Stahl interview, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme (October 19, 2005)
2000s

„What's the point of having this superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it?“

—  Madeleine K. Albright

To Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the 1990s, on Bosnia, recounted in Madam Secretary (2003), p. 182
2000s

„I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it.“

—  Madeleine K. Albright

Stated http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbIX1CP9qr4 on CBS's 60 Minutes (May 12, 1996) in reply to Lesley Stahl's question "We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?" Albright was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the time.
1990s

„Armageddon is not a foreign policy.“

—  Madeleine K. Albright

Speech at Harvard forum (April 11, 2007)
2000s

„Mahmoud Abbas is a puppet.“

—  Madeleine K. Albright

(BBC HARDTALK 17-MAY-2004) uncut version.
2000s

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