- NAME: Madeleine Albright
- OCCUPATION: Diplomat, Government Official
- BIRTH DATE: May 15, 1937 (Age: 76)
- EDUCATION: Wellesley College, Columbia University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Prague, Czech Republic
- Maiden Name: Marie Jana Korbel
- Full Name: Madeleine Korbel Albright
- AKA: Madeleine K. Albright
- AKA: Madeleine Albright
- AKA: Marie Korbel
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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Madeleine Albright became the first woman to represent the U.S. in regards to foreign affairs as the secretary of state.
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On matters of foreign policy, she became one of her party's leading lights. Albright served as an advisor to Michael Dukakis during his failed 1988 presidential bid.
President Bill Clinton tapped Albright to handle the country's relationship with the United Nations. In January 1993, she officially took on the role of U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations. Albright quickly showed herself to be a force to be reckoned with. During her four years in the position, she became an advocate for "assertive multilateralism." Albright lobbied for the United States to expand its military involvement in the Balkans -- a move that she publicly clashed with Colin Powell over. She also supported U.S. intervention in Haiti. According to The New Republic, she said that "U.S. leadership in world politics and in multilateral organizations is a fundamental tenet of the Clinton Administration."
In December 1996, Clinton once again turned to Albright for her help in foreign matters. He nominated her to be the first female secretary of state. Albright was sworn in the following January and continued to be a straight talker and a problem solver in her new position. During her time as secretary, she worked on a broad range of issues. Albright campaigned for human rights and fought to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. A champion of NATO, she sought to expand the organization's membership. Albright also worked to bring peace to the Middle East.
After leaving her post as secretary of state in 2001, Albright has worked on a number of projects. She has written several books, including Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003) and The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God and World Affairs (2006). Known for her symbolic use of jewelry on the job, Albright also wrote Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box (2009).
With her international expertise, Albright launched a private investment fund in 2007. Albright Capital Management seeks to make long-term investments for its clients in emerging markets. Albright also serves as the co-chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm.
Albright has received numerous honors for her contributions to diplomacy, democracy and world affairs. In 2012, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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