By James MacLean
Saturday, October 20, 2012 1:30-2:30 PM
Dr. Emily S. Rosenberg, Professor of History at UCI, specialist in the history of the United States and the world in the 20thcentury, presents an engaging lecture about Madeleine Albright, who served as UN ambassador and then Secretary of State during one of the most important transitional periods of the twentieth century: the end of the Cold War. As people in communist countries overthrew or dramatically altered their governments after 1989, the verities of America’s anticommunist “containment” policy, in place since the late 1940s, became less and less relevant as a guide to policymaking.
But what would replace “containment”? What security challenges should be foregrounded? Should agencies that had been focused on anticommunism be phased out? What principles should guide when and how to use military force? During the 1990s, Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright tried to forge a new post-Cold War policy framework. Using her signature pins as illustration and guide to her world, this lecture provides an overview and assessment of their challenges.