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2002: Madeleine Albright

First Annual National Conference

National Security in America
March 20-21, 2002

The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State
Women and Politics Series
March 20, 2002

Madeleine Albright served as the Secretary of State during the Clinton administration. She was the first woman Secretary of State and the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. Accomplishments during her tenure included the expansion and modernization of NATO; the reduction of nuclear dangers from Russia and North Korea; and the expansion of democracy in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.  She delivered an address, National Security in a New Age: "The Tools of Diplomacy" on March 20, 2002.

Before being named Secretary of State, Albright served as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of the President's Cabinet and National Security Council. She was also a member of President Carter's National Security Council and White House staff.

Secretary Albright has founded the Albright Group, LLC, a global strategy firm. She is currently the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and the first Distinguished Scholar of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Business School. She is also chair of The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

Press Coverage

The Greenville News

Panel Discussion
March 21, 2002

The Honorable Phil Lader
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
March 21, 2002
National Security in a New Age

Phil Lader is a resident of Charleston, SC who served as US Ambassador to the United Kingdom during the Clinton administration. He also served in the President's Cabinet as Administrator of the US Small Business Administration and was White House Deputy Chief of Staff. He has been president of Winthrop University and, in 1981, founded Renaissance Weekend, the family retreats for innovative leaders in diverse fields. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough and chairman of WPP Group, the worldwide advertising and communications firm.

Jim Hoagland
March 21, 2002
National Security in a New Age

Jim Hoagland is a native of Rock Hill and a graduate of the University of South Carolina is associate editor and chief foreign correspondent for The Washington Post. He has been at the paper since 1966 and his column on international affairs appears twice weekly and is internationally syndicated. Over the years, he has been stationed in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He has received two Pulitzer prizes for his work (in 1970 for international reporting and in 1991 for commentary in recognition of his columns on the events leading up to the Gulf War and the political turmoil within the Soviet Union).

G. John Ikenberry
March 21, 2002
National Security in a New Age

John Ikenberry is the Peter F. Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Global Justice at Georgetown University, with an appointment in both the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Government Department. He has taught at Princeton University (1984-1992) and the University of Pennsylvania (1994-2000) and held posts at the State Department and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint and the Rebuilding of Order Afer Major Wars and Reasons of State: Oil Politics and the Capacities of American Government.

Robin Wright
March 21, 2002
National Security in a New Age

Robin Wright is the chief diplomatic correspondent for The Los Angeles Times. She has reported from more than 130 countries on six continents for CBS News, The Sunday Times of London, The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor. Her foreign tours include five years in the Middle East, two years in Europe and seven years in Africa. She won the 1989 National Magazine Award for her reportage from Iran in The New Yorker. She also won the Overseas Press Club Award for her coverage of African wars. In 2001, she received the Weintal Prize for "the most distinguished diplomatic reporting."