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US Secretary of State, the Honorable Madeleine Albright, keynote speaker at the American University in Dubai Commencement Exercises

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, May 26 - 2004 @ 13:58

The Honorable Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of State – - The Clinton Administration, will be the Keynote Speaker at this ceremony, set to be held on May 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheikh Rashid Hall of the Dubai World Trade Center. An audience of approximately 2,500, including several dignitaries and other prominent members of the local UAE community, are expected to attend the Ceremony at which two-hundred and thirty undergraduate and graduate students will receive their American-accredited degrees.
Madeleine Korbel Albright was nominated by President Clinton on December 5, 1996 as Secretary of State. After being unanimously confirmed by the US Senate, she was sworn in as the 64th Secretary of State on January 23, 1997. Secretary Albright is the first female Secretary of State and the highest ranking woman in the history of the US government.

Prior to her appointment, Secretary Albright served as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations (presenting her credentials at the UN on February 6, 1993) and as a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet and National Security Council.

Secretary Albright formerly was the President of the Center for National Policy. The Center is a non-profit research organization formed in 1981 by representatives from government, industry, labor and education. Its mandate is to promote the study and discussion of domestic and international issues.

As a Research Professor of International Affairs and Director of Women in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in international affairs, US foreign policy, Russian foreign policy, and Central and Eastern European politics, and was responsible for developing and implementing programs designed to enhance women’s professional opportunities in international affairs.

From 1981 to 1982, Secretary Albright was awarded a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian following an international competition in which she wrote about the role of the press in political changes in Poland during the early 1980′s.

She also served as a Senior Fellow in Soviet and Eastern European Affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, conducting research in developments and trends in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

From 1978-1981, Secretary Albright was a staff member on the National Security Council, as well as a White House staff member, where she was responsible for foreign policy legislation. From 1976-1978, she served as Chief Legislative Assistant to Senator Edmund S. Muskie.

Awarded a BA with honors in Political Science from Wellesley College, she studied at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, received a Certificate from the Russian Institute at Columbia University, and her Master’s and Doctorate from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government.

Secretary Albright is fluent in French and Czech, with good speaking and reading abilities in Russian and Polish.

Secretary Albright has three daughters.

Dr. Lance de Masi, AUD President and Chief Academic Officer, summarized sentiment at the University: “Secretary Albright‘s acceptance of our invitation is an honor. Dr. Albright personifies intelligence and determination, two qualities our graduates seek to possess and emulate. Her tenure in positions in both the public and private sectors constitutes a significant contribution to dialogue among members of the world community”.

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