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Condoleezza Rice suggests new global leadership roles
WKF2012 | 2012.09.17 | File : -

Condoleezza Rice, former
US Secretary of State


One of the many problems of the World now is the lack of leadership. It was once mentioned that the G20 could be the new body of leadership that can resolve difficulties, but now it is mocked by the notion of G-Zero - which refers to an emerging vacuum of power in international politics. People are more into the word of G-Zero as they think it better reflects the reality. Where are we now in terms of global governance and leadership? Do we even have enough sense and judgment to see through this reality? One thing we can be so sure is that we need any kind of breakthrough.

One of the many problems of the World now is the lack of leadership. It was once mentioned that the G20 could be the new body of leadership that can resolve difficulties, but now it is mocked by the notion of G-Zero - which refers to an emerging vacuum of power in international politics. People are more into the word of G-Zero as they think it better reflects the reality. Where are we now in terms of global governance and leadership? Do we even have enough sense and judgment to see through this reality? One thing we can be so sure is that we need any kind of breakthrough.

Condoleezza Rice is a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. Afterwards, Rice took the post as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.

From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Following her confirmation as Secretary of State, Rice pioneered the policy of Transformational Diplomacy, with a focus on democracy in the Greater Middle East. Transformational Diplomacy is the goal that Rice describes as "work[ing] with our many partners around the world... [and] build[ing] and sustain[ing] democratic, well-governed states that will respond to the needs of their people and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system." Her emphasis on supporting democratically elected governments faced challenges as Hamas captured a popular majority in Palestinian elections, and influential countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt maintained authoritarian systems with US support. During her term as Secretary of State, she chaired the Millennium Challenge Corporation`s board of directors.

She is also an author and co-author of numerous books, including two bestsellers, ‘No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington’ (2011) and ‘Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family’ (2010), ‘Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow’, ‘The Gorbachev Era’ (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and ‘Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army’ (1984). In her book ‘No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington,’ Rice describes eight years of her life that she served at the highest levels of government. She also describes that harrowing day - and the tumultuous days after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Additionally, Rice also reveals new details of the debates that led to the war in Afghanistan and then Iraq in the book.

Condoleezza Rice asserts that the political distress and geographical conflicts have been increased within last four years. She views that the world is now asking “Where is the leader?” and “Where have the US gone?” It seems the role that the globe expected from the US has changed in terms of global peace and economic prosperity. What role should the US play in the future? Rice asserted that the US needs to exercise stronger leadership and have to actually lead the world and fulfill the needs of the globe who wants a leader.

“Indeed, that is the question of the hour. Where does America stand?” At a speech that Rice gave at the Republican National Convention in August this year, she asked the audience herself. “It has been hard to muster the resources to support fledgling democracies and to intervene on behalf of the most desperate… I know that it feels as if we have carried these burdens long enough. But we can only know that there is no choice, because one of two things will happen if we don`t lead. Either no one will lead and there will be chaos, or someone will fill the vacuum who does not share our values… We cannot be reluctant to lead and you cannot lead from behind.”

We would like to ask her two things based on her leadership experience in the past as Secretary of State. What breakthroughs does the world need now? And what jobs should be done in order for the US to achieve the goal? Now, we will listen to the solution of global leadership, which will be unfolded by Condoleezza Rice.

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