Madeleine K. Albright
Madeleine K. Albright was American Secretary of State of the Clinton Administration (1997-2001) and ambassador to the United Nations (1993-1997). She chairs the National Democratic Institute, a satellite institution of the National Endowment for Democracy.
Thank you Ken, and congratulations on your continued superb leadership here at NDI [National Democracy Institute].
Excellencies from the diplomatic corps and Capitol Hill, distinguished guests from overseas, friends and supporters of NDI, good evening to you all.
Not long ago, when I was wondering what to say tonight, I noticed one of those newspaper articles we often see entitled, “Five Myths” about one topic or another; I think in this case it was the G-20.
Such articles usually attempt (...)
The Bush administration’s newly unveiled National Security Strategy might well be subtitled "The Irony of Iran." Three years after the invasion of Iraq and the invention of the phrase "axis of evil," the administration now highlights the threat posed by Iran - whose radical government has been vastly strengthened by the invasion of Iraq. This is more tragedy than strategy, and it reflects the Manichean approach this administration has taken to the world.
Things happen in Iraq completely different from what the president expected: no weapons of mass destruction were found, we were not welcomed as liberators, oil does not run as expected, the situation has turned more difficult. Women’s rights have diminished and links with Iran are much closer. And I am worried that the shariah be “the” source of law and not “one” of its sources. Also, I am concerned about the territorial integrity of the country. But none of the above will make us give up. The (...)
The Bush administration is right to support democratization in the Arab world. The question is how to do it. If we push too hard, it could be thought we are imposing our will; if we fail to push hard enough, it could be thought we support freedom everywhere except in the Arab world. A balance must be found.
During these last months, we have co-chaired the Council on Foreign Relations commission called “In support of Arab Democracy: Why and How”. We concluded that instead of revolution, (...)