Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright thinks that one of the most pressing foreign policy questions that needs to be debated this campaign cycle is the role of the United States in the world, and specifically “How much is the world dependent on us?”
The trailblazing former secretary sat down with David for a PRESS Pass interview Friday, just hours before President Obama was to host G-8 leaders at Camp David and a day before NATO convenes its summit in Chicago. The chief concerns for the twin gatherings: Afghanistan and the Eurozone’s economic woes.
“We’re all in this together,” Albright said, addressing Afghanistan and Europe’s economic crisis. “We’re going to see what burden-sharing is about.”
Albright, who served as secretary of state during the Clinton administration, also called the strengthening of NATO one of the proudest accomplishments of her career. Having been born in Czechoslovakia, she says she often brings up her European roots in discussions with Europeans. Her message to them now is that “Europe needs … to see that what happens in Libya, or what happens in Afghanistan, is important to them, and they are partners.”
Albright also discussed her new memoir, “Prague Winter,” about her family’s history in Europe under Nazi rule and recalled her greatest lesson as being, “terrible things happen when countries don't stand up for their values and what they believe in.”
The country’s first female secretary of state called current Secretary Hillary Clinton “a remarkable person” who “who has served our country in so many different ways, and I believe will always be a presence in America.” As to whether Clinton should run for President again, Albright said “I would like to see her do whatever she wants to do.”
Watch David’s full interview with Madeleine Albright above to hear more about her childhood in Europe and her experience as secretary of state.