Madeleine Albright dead at 84 — Analysis

Her family announced that the first female US secretary of State died from cancer.

Madeleine Albright was the first female to be appointed top US diplomat. Her family has confirmed that she died from cancer.

“We are heartbroken to announce that Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, the 64th U.S. Secretary of State and the first woman to hold that position, passed away earlier today. The cause was cancer,”A statement was made posted on Albright’s Twitter account by her relatives.

Albright was a family. “tireless champion of democracy and human rights”A refugee “who rose to the heights of American policy-making, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, the nation’s highest civilian honor.”

Albright, who was at the time of her passing, was an assistant professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She also headed the Albright Stonebridge Group consulting company and was chair of the National Democratic Institute, as well as the US Defense Policy Board (a civilian Pentagon advisory panel).

Albright served as the US secretary of state – the first woman ever to hold the job – during President Bill Clinton’s second term, 1997-2001. During the Democrat’s first term, she represented Washington in the UN.

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As the ambassador, Albright infamously defended the US-led campaign of sanctions against Iraq, telling Lesley Stahl of ‘60 Minutes’ in May 1996 that “We think the price is worth it” when asked about half a million children that reportedly died as a result.

In February 1998, she defended Clinton’s bombing of Iraq by calling the US “the indispensable nation”That has the right of force and can add, “We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future, and we see the danger here to all of us.”

Marie Jana Korbelova, was Marie Jana Korbelova’s daughter. Josef, her father worked in the Czech Embassy in Yugoslavia as a diplomat. Korbel, along with his family fled Czechoslovakia to escape Nazi Germany. He renounced Jewish faith and became a Catholic after the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany. In 1945, he returned to Belgrade to serve as ambassador. However, he sent his daughter to an international boarding school, which was named “Korbel”. “Madeleine” – reportedly after the tea biscuit. In 1948 Korbel fled with his family to the West again, this time to America.

Madeleine became a naturalized US citizen in 1957, and married Joseph Medill Patterson Albright – scion of the Medill Patterson publishing empire – in 1959. Their two daughters were born, but they split in the 1980s. In the late 1960s, Albright attended graduate school at New York’s Columbia University, where she studied under Zbigniew Brzezinski – who later recruited her for the White House when he became President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser. 

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