The Foreign Service Journal, July-August 2022

52 JULY-AUGUST 2022 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL Remembering Madeleine Albright (1937-2022) APPRECIATION Memories and tributes from a few of those who worked with this champion of diplomacy and democracy. T he Foreign Service Journal and the American Foreign Service Association mourn the pass- ing of former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, who died on March 28 at the age of 84. Secretary Albright broke a very persistent glass ceiling when she became our nation’s first female Secretary of State in 1997. It was neither the first nor last “first” in her remarkable life. A native of Czechoslovakia who arrived in the United States as an immigrant in 1948, she never forgot what her adopted home country stood for and fought for those principles during her diplomatic career, which included service as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997. During her four-year tenure as Secretary of State (1997-2001), Albright was a strong advocate for democ- racy and human rights. She worked to ensure the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons from the former Soviet republics to rogue nations and promoted the expansion of NATO eastward, dealt with the terrorist attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, successfully pressed for military intervention under NATO during the humanitarian crisis in Kosovo in 1999, furthered the normalization of relations with Vietnam, and supported the expansion of free-market democratization and the creation of civil societies in the developing world, among other things. Following her time at the State Department, Sec- retary Albright returned to her role as a professor in the practice of diplomacy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and served as chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, where many Foreign Ser- vice alumni have worked over the years. She received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. She remained engaged in U.S. foreign policy—writing, speaking, advising, advocating—right up until her death. AFSA sends its sincere condolences to Secretary Albright’s family, untold colleagues and friends around the world, and to the many students whose lives she touched. The Foreign Service community will fondly remember her. U.S.DEPARTMENTOFSTATE