Hammer and Chisel

Hammer and Chisel

By Steven Boyd Saum

Madeleine Albright: on campus for the President's Series in May for a talk and student Q&A. View full image. Illustration by Sam Kerr
Santa Clara Magazine talks with Madeleine Albright—about Putin and Ukraine, Havel and the Czechs, and Foreign Policy 101.

Some advice that Madeleine Albright shares: “Foreign policy is just trying to get some country to do what you want.” Which leads to a question: “So, what are the tools?” The first woman to serve as secretary of state, she spoke with SCM in May. We discussed a course that she’s taught, The National Security Toolbox (perhaps the topic for her next book, “a kind of Foreign Policy 101”); we covered Russia, Putin, and Ukraine; and the Czech lands and Václav Havel. Albright was present for the unveiling of the bust of Havel in the U.S. Capitol last year, and the playwright-turned-president remains a touchstone for her as “a great kind of ethical and moral figure … My parents were part of the first generation of Czechoslovaks and very proud of this democracy. And it was destroyed.” 

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