Madeleine Albright Shares International Expertise with Students

Madeleine Albright Shares International Expertise with Students

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Christian Holm
March 21, 2016

At one point in time, Madeleine Albright was the all time highest ranking woman in American government.


Today she is a best selling author, Georgetown professor and one of the most respected stateswomen in U.S history. Former Secretary of State Albright spoke to students on Friday, sharing her take on international affairs at the first Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series of the spring 2016 semester.


Albright’s timely lecture comes at a time when a rogue North Korea, the threat of ISIS and several transitioning states dominate the talk of D.C.’s foreign affairs circles. C-SPAN Political Editor Steve Scully moderated the conversation with Albright, who urged spring students to stay engaged and not succumb to the cynical rhetoric that has permeated political discourse.


“I believe that when the U.S is present and engaged in the world, good things happen. And I’m always going to be grateful for serving that cause,” Albright said.


Following an opening dialogue with Scully, Albright took some great questions from students. Here’s a snapshot of the conversation:


Shakera Mairs: (Institution: Grant MacEwan University; Internship: Special Olympics) I’m from Canada and our country has taken in more than 25,000 refugees from the Middle East. Should the U.S be doing the same and allowing more refugees?


Albright: I myself am a refugee. I think we have to do more. The refugee crisis has been mostly a European issue so far, but I think we have a strong enough vetting process for refugees coming into the U.S that I think we can do the right thing, while still remaining secure


Pedro Gutierrez: (Institution: University of Iowa; Internship: District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General) Can the U.S assist countries that are in the midst of a transition and prevent them from becoming unstable?


Albright: In the end, I really do think that all countries are the same in that we all want the same things. We all want prosperity. The trick is trying to strike the balance between political will and economic need. How does a transitioning country stay secure, vote and eat at the same time?


Lucy Lansing: (Institution: Furman University; Internship: PBS' To the Contrary) How has your experience on the international stage impacted your personal life?


Albright: My service has always made me so grateful for our country. Being able to use American influence to do good in the world was an unbelievable privilege and not a day goes by where I’m not reminded of that


Christopher White: (Institution: University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth; Internship: Kalik & Associates, Inc.) This election season has been dominated by candidates that use fear to gain leverage over American voters. How do we combat culture fear?


Albright: The questions really is, how do we combat verbiage and rhetoric that is blatantly not true? The media plays a big part in opening up logical discussion a little more, rather than amplifying hyperbolic statements that don't do anything to inform voters


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