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former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza "Condi" Rice (/ˌkɒndəˈliːzə/; born November 14, 1954) is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Bush. Rice was the first female African-American Secretary of State, as well as the second African-American Secretary of State (after Colin Powell), and the second female Secretary of State (after Madeleine Albright). Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position.
Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up while the South was racially segregated. She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Denver and her master's degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame. She worked at the State Department under the Carter administration and then pursued an academic fellowship at Stanford University, where she later served as provost from 1993 to 1999. On December 17, 2000, she left her position and joined the Bush administration as National Security Council as the Soviet and Eastern Europe Affairs Advisor to President George H. W. Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German reunification.
Following her confirmation as Secretary of State, Rice pioneered the policy of Transformational Diplomacy directed toward expanding the number of responsible democratic governments in the world and especially in the Greater Middle East. That policy faced challenges as Hamas captured a popular majority in Palestinian elections, and influential countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt maintained authoritarian systems with U.S. support. She has logged more miles traveling than any other Secretary of State. While in the position, she chaired the Millennium Challenge Corporation's board of directors.
In March 2009, Rice returned to Stanford University as a political science professor and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution. In September 2010, she became a faculty member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a director of its Global Center for Business and the Economy.
She is currently on the Board of Directors of Dropbox and Makena Capital Management, LLC. and in October 2013, she was selected to be one of the 13 inaugural members of the College Football Playoff, Playoff, Postseason, Selection Committee.
"Well, let's put it this way, I deeply admire my cousin. She's a wonderful woman. I put it this way: I'm working on trying to close the gap between the under class and the poor. She's just working on closing the gap between the millionaires and the billionaires."
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March 23, 2018
CLINTON, N.Y.--Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will be discussing the escalating political polarization in the United States and abroad at Hamilton College on April 11. Andrea Mitchell, NBC News' chief foreign affairs correspondentÃâÃÂ ...
NBC Bay Area
March 20, 2018
Condoleezza Rice to Kick Off Speaker Series, 'Insights' at San Jose State University .... Former U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, the first African American woman to hold the post, will be the first to take the stage in a new speaker series called “Insights” at San Jose State University on Thursday.
March 9, 2018
A day after President Trump agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice expressed worry that the administration is ill-prepared for such talks. “My biggest fear isn't that they're meeting,” Rice said Friday during the annual Economic Summit put on by theÃâÃÂ ...
March 5, 2018
Condoleezza Rice, who is now a Stanford University professor, continued saying that all people, regardless of class, shared the American Dream: “You can come from humble circumstances and do great things.” But she said that the circumstances of birth and class for many people made it hard to achieveÃâÃÂ ...
March 5, 2018
The former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice has commented it must be difficult for Rex Tillerson to perform his role given the president's tendency to tweet his opinions and policy ideas. Speaking to CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday, Rice appeared to show some sympathy for Tillerson, suggesting sheÃâÃÂ ...
March 3, 2018
VIDEO: Alabama's Condi Rice on being pro-Second Amendment: 'There was no way Bull Connor and the Birmingham police were going to protect you' ... In an appearance this week on The View, Alabama native Condoleezza Rice explained to the ladies why she supports the Second Amendment and remains against gunÃâÃÂ ...
March 1, 2018
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that she hopes national security adviser H.R. McMaster stays in his role, after it was reported he could leave the administration as soon as next month. "He's doing a really fine job ... but I have no idea about his future in that job," Rice told MSNBCÃâÃÂ ...
March 1, 2018
Former national security adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday told the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee that is time for the panel to move on from its investigation into Russia's election interference. “I know you got a really hard job and I appreciate what you'reÃâÃÂ ...
Chicago Tonight | WTTW
February 28, 2018
It features a friendship across race, gender, and party lines between two Stanford University colleagues: historian David Kennedy and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. On Wednesday, Brandis Friedman sits down with Rice and Patricia Harrison, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting presidentÃâÃÂ ...
February 27, 2018
In a documentary premiering on PBS, ex-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy explore the idea of whether we still have a unifying American creed. ... It's called "American Creed," and it's co-produced by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
February 26, 2018
As February sweeps television comes to an end, PBS airs one final special, American Creed, featuring Condoleezza Rice and historian David M. Kennedy, colleagues at Stanford and friends despite some political differences. The two take a look at what it means to be American and share their personalÃâÃÂ ...
February 24, 2018
George W. Bush's Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has urged for a “conversation” about gun rights, questioning why Americans should have access to military weapons. “I think it is time for us to have a conversation about what the right to bear arms means in the modern world,” Rice told conservativeÃâÃÂ ...
The Hill (blog)
February 23, 2018
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called on Friday for a "conversation" about gun rights, questioning why Americans should have access to "military weapons." "I think it is time for us to have a conversation about what the right to bear arms means in the modern world," Rice told conservative radioÃâÃÂ ...
February 23, 2018
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took said Friday that she does believe arming teachers and allowing them to carry concealed firearms in schools is a good idea, or the most effective way to combat school shootings. Rice, a professor at Stanford University, told radio host Hugh Hewitt that sheÃâÃÂ ...
December 31, 1999
John Bolton, who was just named President Trump's next national security adviser, years ago accused then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of selling Israel “out to the French," according to a new report. Israel's former United Nations ambassador, Dan Gillerman, told the Daily Beast that when BoltonÃâÃÂ ...
December 31, 1999
A day after President Trump agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jung-un, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice expressed worry that the administration is ill-prepared for such talks. “My biggest fear isn't that they're meeting,” Rice said Friday during the annual Economic Summit put on by theÃâÃÂ ...
December 31, 1999
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday that current top diplomat Rex Tillerson has a tough job — made more challenging by President Donald Trump's freewheeling communication style. "I think what's hard is to get up every day and not know what the president said at 3 o'clock in theÃâÃÂ ...
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