Meet Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice is an American political scientist, diplomat, and civil servant who served as the 66th United States Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush.
Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science from the University of Denver and the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, respectively. She began her career as a professor of political science, teaching at Stanford University from 1981 to 1999.
In the late 1990s, Rice became involved in politics, working as a foreign policy advisor for the presidential campaign of George W. Bush. After Bush’s election in 2000, she was appointed National Security Advisor, becoming the first woman to hold the position. In this role, she played a key role in shaping the Bush administration’s foreign policy, including its response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent War on Terror.
In 2005, Rice was nominated by President Bush to be Secretary of State, succeeding Colin Powell. As Secretary of State, Rice was known for her strong support for the War on Terror, her promotion of democracy and human rights around the world, and her efforts to improve relations with key allies.
After leaving office in 2009, Rice returned to Stanford University as a professor of political science, and she continues to be active in public life, serving on various corporate and non-profit boards, and as a public speaker and author.
Rice is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished and influential women in American politics and foreign policy. Her accomplishments include:
Becoming the first woman to hold the position of National Security Advisor and the first African-American woman to hold the position of Secretary of State.
Playing a key role in shaping the Bush administration’s foreign policy, particularly in the areas of national security and the War on Terror.
- Advocating for democracy and human rights around the world.
- Improving relations with key allies
- Advocating for women’s rights and gender equality
- Advocating for free trade and economic growth
- Advocating for the spread of democracy and human rights in the Middle East
- Writing a book and several articles
Condoleezza Rice is an accomplished author, having written several books on topics such as foreign policy, national security, and her personal experiences. Some of her most notable books include:
- “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family” (2010) is her memoir, where she writes about her family and growing up in the segregated South, as well as her experiences in the Bush Administration.
- “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom” (2017) is a book about democracy and its role in shaping history and the world. Rice writes about the challenges and triumphs of democracy around the world, from ancient Athens to modern-day America.
- “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” (2011) is a memoir of her time serving as the National Security Advisor and Secretary of State during the George W. Bush Administration.
- “To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth” (2019) is a book that recounts the story of the end of the Cold War and the creation of a new world order.
- “Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity” (2018) focuses on the role of businesses and organizations in managing and mitigating political risk in an increasingly globalized and uncertain world.
- “Unleashing the Power of the Global Economy” (2019) is about the power of the global economy and how it can be harnessed to promote growth, development, and prosperity.
- “Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft” (1995) is a historical analysis of the reunification of Germany and its impact on Europe and the world.
Her books have been well received by critics and readers, and provide a unique perspective from a person who has been in high level politics and diplomacy.
Condoleezza Rice remains an active figure in public life, serving on various corporate and non-profit boards, and as a public speaker and author.
She is currently a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, where she has been teaching since 1981. She also serves on the boards of several major corporations, including Dropbox, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Netflix.
In addition to her corporate and academic roles, Rice is also actively involved in a number of non-profit organizations and think tanks. She serves on the boards of the George W. Bush Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the Commonwealth Club of California.
Rice is also a regular public speaker and commentator on political and foreign policy issues. She has written several books on these topics, including her memoir, “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family” (2010) and “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom” (2017)
She continues to be a sought-after speaker on a range of topics, including leadership, foreign policy, national security, and the role of women in politics and business. She also continues to be an advocate for democracy and human rights, education, and the empowerment of women and minorities.