Former Secretary of State

Former Secretary of State

Secretary Madeleine Albright

9.26.2006

Secretary Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright was the first woman to become U.S. Secretary of State when she was appointed by then-President Clinton in 1996. Born in Czechoslovakia, Albright attended school in Switzerland and in Denver at Kent Denver School, and later majored in political science on a scholarship at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She became a US citizen in 1957, earning a PhD. in Public Law and Government from Columbia University. She was Ambassador to the United Nations under President Clinton before being appointed Secretary of State. Albright has published three books since leaving public office; her memoir, “Madam Secretary” in 2003, "The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs” in 2006 and recently “Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership” in 2008. She is also the chairperson of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation.

In a question and answer forum, Madeleine Albright, the first women to become U.S. Secretary of State, discusses her books “Madam Secretary” and “The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs.” Albright discusses issues ranging from the role of religion and media in foreign affairs, to her experience meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. Albright also comments on post-9/11 policies of the Bush Administration, religious leaders and their role in conflict resolutions, duties of citizenship in the United States and much more.