IN JEOPARDY? EUROPE AND THE TRANSATLANTIC ALLIANCE
MADELEINE ALBRIGHT: WHAT PRAGUE’S PAST MEANS FOR NATO’S FUTURE
The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, and Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
Interviewed by Margot Pritzker, President and Founder, WomenOnCall.org, and Board Director, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
A principal architect behind the NATO enlargement and the alliance’s 2010 Strategic Concept, Secretary Madeleine Albright now serves as cochair of the host committee for the 2012 Chicago NATO summit. She joins The Chicago Council to reflect on the historic events featured in her latest memoir and to discuss the key lessons from her family’s harrowing flight from Prague in the prelude to World War II. Drawing on these lessons from the past, as well as her experience in the highest offices of American diplomacy, Secretary Albright will offer modern day insights on the future of NATO and the transatlantic alliance. Join Secretary Albright in conversation with Chicago Council Board Director Margot Pritzker as they examine both an historic and personal account of the twentieth century to help us understand the importance of democracy, the role of global institutions, and how lessons of the past can inform and contextualize the most pressing international moral dilemmas of our time.
The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. In 1997, Secretary Albright was named the first female U.S. secretary of state and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As secretary of state, she reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights and promoted American trade, business, labor and environmental standards abroad. Secretary Albright also served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as president of the Center for National Policy. Secretary Albright is a professor in the practice of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Her latest book, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.
Madeleine Albright portrait by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.