On September 29, the Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) hosted “Honoring the Legacy of Madeleine K. Albright: A Symposium on Diplomacy” to remember the iconic SFS professor and former U.S. Secretary of State. As a part of the event, the Mortara Center hosted the day’s first panel, “The World She Shaped: Albright’s Academic Legacy,” moderated by Director Elizabeth Saunders and joined by G. John Ikenberry, Stacie Goddard, Deborah Avant, and Angela Stent.
Ikenberry, a key liberal scholar in international relations, remarked that Albright’s legacy in promoting democracy fit her in the tradition of liberal internationalism. Avant added that Albright’s balanced approach to diplomacy included an embrace of the use of force as a foreign policy tool alongside emphasizing important relationships. Goddard remembered Albright’s efforts to evacuate people from Afghanistan in August 2021, while Stent noted Albright’s close watch of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its implications for geopolitics.
To watch the panel, visit Georgetown SFS’s Facebook stream (00:00–1:45).
At SFS, Madeleine K. Albright served as Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, and her office was housed at the Mortara Center for International Studies. In addition to being a seasoned policymaker, Albright devoted her time to teaching, mentoring over 2,000 students during her time as a part of Georgetown’s faculty. To read more about her legacy, visit her bio.