Diplomacy in Defense of Democracy

Madeleine Albright
Content Type
Journal Article
The Ambassador's Review
Publication Date
Spring 2018
Council of American Ambassadors
I would like to share some reflections on the challenges facing democracy and democratization. But I would like to begin on a personal note. I received my master’s degree some 50 years ago this spring. Like today, it was an era of great turbulence. Our best and brightest civilian leaders had involved America in a distant war. Our soldiers were in an impossible position, bogged down inside an alien culture, unable to distinguish friend from foe. Here at home, America was divided along geographic, racial and cultural lines. Overseas, critics called our policies arrogant, imperialistic and doomed to fail.
Foreign Policy, Civil Society, Democracy, Social Media
Political Geography
United States, North America