Former U.S. Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine K. Albright will be the inaugural Visiting Saltzman Fellow at Columbia University's Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies this fall, the University has announced.
Albright, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government, will continue to pursue her research interests in democratization as well as the role of women in international affairs. She will also deliver The School of International and Public Affairs' annual Silver Lecture. The newly created visiting fellow position was made possible through the philanthropy of Ambassador Arnold A. Saltzman. It is designed to further the institute's work on world peace and security, and to give students a valuable opportunity to interact with an eminent policymaker in a collegial, informal setting.
"One of the greatest statespersons of our times, Madeleine Albright has played a decisive role in forging new approaches to U.S. foreign policy, building strong alliances and institutions to enhance global security for decades to come," said Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University . "She brings to Columbia and our students an insider's view of the challenges of modern-day diplomacy and effective world leadership."
Madeleine Albright served as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States . During her tenure, she successfully promoted the expansion and modernization of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), encouraged NATO's campaign to reverse ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, and promoted peace and stability in some of the world's most volatile areas.
"We are pleased to welcome Madeleine Albright -- a SIPA alumna -- back to our campus," said SIPA Dean Lisa Anderson. "Her numerous diplomatic achievements over a long career in government, the private sector and higher education have had a profound impact on the United States and the world. A topflight global thinker, she will bring a wealth of experience to our discussions."
As a member of President Clinton's Cabinet and the National Security Council for eight years, Albright was the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997. She is the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and founder of The Albright Group, LLC, a global strategy firm. Albright also serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange, as chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She received her B.A. with honors from Wellesley College, and her master's and doctorate from Columbia University.