Madeleine Albright, First Female Secretary of State, Dies – CBS Baltimore

By Caroline Kelly, CNN

(CNN) – Madeleine Albright, the first female US secretary of state who helped steer Western foreign policy after the Cold War, has died. She was 84 years old.

Her death was confirmed in an email to employees of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm founded by Albright.

Albright was a central figure in President Bill Clinton’s administration, first serving as US ambassador to the United Nations before becoming the nation’s top diplomat for a second term. She won NATO expansion.

She was the face of US foreign policy in the decade between the end of the Cold War and the War on Terror due to the September 11, 2001 attacks, an era announced by President George HW Bush. the “new world order”. The United States, especially in Iraq and the Balkans, forged international alliances and occasionally intervened militarily to push back against autocracies, and Albright, a self-proclaimed “pragmatic idealist.” “, who coined the term “assertive multilateralism” to describe the foreign policy of the Clinton administration – drawn from his experience growing up in a family fleeing the Nazis and communists in Europe in the mid-20th century to shape its worldview.

She considers the United States an “indispensable nation” to use a foreign policy supported by the use of force to defend democratic values ​​around the world.

“We stand tall and we look beyond other countries into the future, and we see the danger here for all of us,” she told NBC in 1998. “I do. know that American men and women in uniform are willing to make sacrifices for freedom, democracy, and the American way of life. ”

This story has been updated with additional information.

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