Secretary Albright

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

The Hon. Madeleine K. Albright

Portrait of Secretary 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. 



Fascism: A Warning

April 10, 2018

A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, “is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.”

The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.

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 Hoyaby 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


Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

April 24, 2012

Albright's experiences, and those of her family, provide a lens through which to view the most tumultuous dozen years in modern history. Drawing on her memory, her parents' written reflections, interviews with contemporaries, and newly available documents, Albright recounts a tale that is by turns harrowing and inspiring. Prague Winter is an exploration of the past with timeless dilemmas in mind and, simultaneously, a journey with universal lessons that is intensely personal.

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

Prague Winter with Madeleine Albright from Mortara Center on Vimeo.


Read My Pins

September 29, 2009

Part illustrated memoir, part social history, READ MY PINS, published in conjunction with the Museum of Arts and Design’s first major exhibition of jewelry from the collection of Madeleine K. Albright, captures the wit and expressive nature of the pins Albright wore as she met with world leaders and represented her country in formal and informal settings across the globe.


Memo to the President Elect

January 8, 2008

"The next president, whether Democrat or Republican, will face the daunting task of repairing America's core relationships and tarnished credibility after the damage caused during the past seven years. In Memo to the President Elect, former secretary of state and bestselling author Madeleine Albright offers provocative ideas about how to confront the striking array of challenges that the next commander-in-chief will face and how to return America to its rightful role as a source of inspiration across the globe. Much more than a set of policy prescriptions, Secretary Albright's writing blends lessons from the past with forward-looking suggestions about how to assemble a first-rate foreign policy team, anticipate the actions of other key countries, make full use of presidential power without repeating the excesses of the Bush administration, and revive America's commitment to its founding ideals.

March 11, 2008 - Memo to the President Elect

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


The Mighty and the Almighty

May 2, 2006

"Does America, as George W. Bush has proclaimed, have a special mission, derived from God, to bring liberty and democracy to the world? How much influence does the Christian right have over U.S. foreign policy? And how should America deal with violent Islamist extremists? Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and bestselling author of Madam Secretary, offers a thoughtful and often surprising look at the role of religion in shaping America’s approach to the world. Drawing upon her experiences while in office and her own deepest beliefs about morality, the United States, and the present state of world affairs, a woman noted for plain speaking offers her thoughts about the most controversial topics of our time.


Madam Secretary

January 1, 2003

"In this outspoken and much-praised memoir, the highest-ranking woman in American history shares her remarkable story and provides an insider's view of world affairs during a period of unprecedented turbulence. A national bestseller on its first publication in 2003, Madam Secretary combines warm humor with profound insights and personal testament with fascinating additions to the historical record."

News and Events

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

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

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.