Secretary Albright

Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy

The Hon. Madeleine K. Albright

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. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama on May 29, 2012.
In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright 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. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie. 
Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She serves on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Dr. Albright also serves on the Boards of the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.
Dr. Albright is currently at work on a book, Fascism: A Warning, to be published in the spring of 2018.  She is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership (2008); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009); and Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (2012).
Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its Russian Institute. 


News and Events


Fascism: A Warning


April 16, 2018 - Fascism: A Warning with Joel Hellman, Dean, School of Foreign Service in Lohrfink Auditorium





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Madeleine Albright Warns: Don't Let Fascism Go 'Unnoticed Until It's Too Late' on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross,  April 3, 2018

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Warns of Rising ‘Fascism’ in New Book in The Hoya by Sophie Rosenzweig, April 19, 2018

‘The kids, they love Madeleine Albright’: How a veteran diplomat got turned into a girl-power icon in the Washington Post, By Jessica Contrera, April 19, 2018

Can It Happen Here? Madeleine Albright Examines Fascism Then and Now in the New York Times, by Sheri Berman, April 20, 2018

Madeleine Albright: Georgetown’s Treasured Professor Active as Ever from the Georgetown University website

October 3, 2013-Georgetown Dedicates Memorial to the Late Václav Havel

March 19, 2013-Albright, Brzezinski, Polish Ambassador Pay Tribute to Jan Karski

February 25, 2013-Albright Talks About Moral Decisions, Memories Surrounding World War II

Prague Winter with Madeleine Albright from Mortara Center on Vimeo.

May 13, 2012-Obama Awards Albright, Karski Presidential Medal of Freedom

March 12, 2012-Understanding the Arab Spring

Understanding the Arab Spring with Secretary Albright from Mortara Center on Vimeo.

March 11, 2008 - Memo to the President Elect

Albright-Memo to the President Elect from Mortara Center on Vimeo.