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2016 Distinguished Anderson Lecture Series: Madeleine Albright

October 2016

Elizabeth Jenike

At around 6:45 p.m. on the night of Monday, October 17, people started filing into Millett Hall for one purpose: They were there to see Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, speak as part of the 2016 Distinguished Anderson Lecture Series.

Madam Albright, who served under the Clinton administration from 1997 to 2001, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2012 for her work as the Secretary of State.

After speaking glowingly of the gorgeous campus, Miami’s sometimes strange superstitions and, of course, Green Beer Day, Madam Albright moved into the bulk of her talk. Using her extensive knowledge of the world and global politics, she outlined five key foreign policy issues the new president-elect will have to contend with when he or she takes office in January.

The issues she touched on included: terrorism and the collapse of order in the Middle East and North Africa; Russia’s aggression and weakening of our European allies; North Korea, along with an increasingly complicated relationship with China; the continuing and curious backlash against globalization; and the need to adapt our government and foreign policies as new technologies are created.

“These challenges will inevitably affect the global marketplace, and I know as students of the Farmer School, many of you will be in position to do something about them,” she said. “Patience and persistence, not panic, must be our approach. We must adopt a posture of both deterrence and dialogue.”

Especially in the midst of such an important election, Madam Albright’s advice was welcome. The next president will have their work cut out for them - and getting a handle on foreign policy is one of the most important issues at hand.

As she is one of the most prominent minds in foreign policy in the U.S., the Farmer School was truly honored to have Madam Albright on campus.