Madeleine Albright

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Person.png Madeleine Albright  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornMarie Jana Korbelová
May 15, 1937
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Alma materWellesley College, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University
Parents • Josef Korbel
• Anna Spieglová
Children • Alice Patterson Albright
• Anne Korbel Albright
• Katherine Medill Albright
SpouseJoseph Medill Patterson Albright
Member ofAlbright Stonebridge Group/Team, Aspen Strategy Group, Atlantic Council/Board, Center for a New American Security/People, Council on Foreign Relations/Members, Eurasia Foundation/Board and Trustees, Freedom House/Board and Staff, International Rescue Committee/Directors and Overseers, National Democratic Institute/Board and Staff, Truman Center for National Policy

Employment.png US/Secretary of State Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 23, 1997 - January 20, 2001
Preceded byWarren Christopher
Succeeded byColin Powell

Employment.png United States Ambassador to the United Nations

In office
January 27, 1993 - January 21, 1997
Preceded byEdward Perkins


Albright was appointed US Ambassador to the United Nations, her first diplomatic post, shortly after Bill Clinton was inaugurated.

Memorable Quotes

  • On May 12, 1996, Albright defended UN sanctions against Iraq on a 60 Minutes segment in which Lesley Stahl asked her "We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?" and Albright replied "we think the price is worth it."[1][2]
  • Following the failure of the Rambouillet peace talks in February 1999, several Commercially-controlled media outlets quoted a senior source in Madeleine Albright's US delegation as follows: "We intentionally set the bar too high for the Serbs to comply. They need some bombing, and that’s what they are going to get" [3]


A Document by Madeleine Albright

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Russia is a Bangladesh with missilesarticle22 April 2016Serbia
Madeleine Albright
Insulting comments by Madeleine Albright about Vladimir Putin and Russia, responded to in kind by Eduard Limonov


Event Participated in

Atlantic Storm14 January 200514 January 2005New York
A scenario designed to mimic a summit of transatlantic leaders forced to respond to a bioterrorist attack. Recommended militarization, vaccination and stockpiling drugs. Held January 2005.


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Russia is a Bangladesh with missilesarticle22 April 2016Madeleine Albright
Eduard Limonov
Insulting comments by Madeleine Albright about Vladimir Putin and Russia, responded to in kind by Eduard Limonov
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