As World War II wreaked havoc on Europe, as well as the international threat of fascism, it has become the responsibility of the United States of America to establish democracy in failing countries, as well as monitor all global affairs. Democratic nations are on average wealthier than their non-democratic counterparts. They are also less likely to go to war and are better at fighting corruption. Another fundamental aspect of democracy is that it allows people to voice themselves freely, along with granting people the ability to shape their own futures.
In Madam Secretary, Madeleine Albright proves to prevent injustice democracy must be implemented.
Disregarding the odds of prejudice against women in American politics, Madeleine Albrights term as Secretary of State showed her noteworthy approach in using diplomacy and non-violent means to deal with international affairs. Born in the city of Prague, the capital of Czechoslovakia, a young Madeleine was born into the escalating conflict of the first World War. In order to avoid persecution, her family moved to the Serbian capital of Belgrade, then, in order to avoid the Nazi regime, moved to England.
Once the war was settled, the Korbelova moved again to Czechoslovakia until the rising of the communist compelled them to leave. Unfortunate childhood memories faced by Madeleine Albright was an early motivator for her to promote democracy and justice for all.
In her lifetime, Madeleine Albright also made large contributions to the field of Womens rights and human rights. In 1981, Madeleine co-founded the Center for National Policy, which was an non-for-profit organization that was treated as the institute for Democracy.
The Center for National Policy focused on working with government officials to obtain achievable solutions to faulty current government policies. Madeleines most notable achievement in the field of women empowerment and international studies is when she became an educator at Georgetown university. From here she became the ambassador to the UN, and eventually Madam Secretary, in which she advocated for the spread of Democracy and peace. In her hearing, she stated We must build a new framework-adapted to the demands of a new century and maintain America as the hub of an expanding global economy; and defend cherished principles of democracy. (Albright, 228)
During her time as secretary of state, Mrs. Albright fearlessly fights for President Clintons foreign policy. Whether it was holding a meeting with the dictator Kim Il Sung, or attending the failed Wye River Conference, a meeting hoping to end aggression from the Palestinians and Israelis, the reader could see that people and their temperaments in politics are not as dull as it meets the eye. Another factor of this book that Madeleine wanted to prove to people, is that in order to created a better world for everyone, a person must believe that there is equality among all people. Madeline also stated that force is a fundamental element for Americas defense, but force alone can be very forthright, and there are many problems it cannot solve. In order to be effective, diplomacy and force must support each other.
Madeline provided throughout the book that in order to stop injustice, democracy must be implanted. Early in the book, when Madeline is sworn in to be the ambassador to the UN, Albright becomes visibly shaken by the African soldiers, many of whom were not in their teens yet. Let them come to the cracked edges of the world and experience life without big government. After all, there was no federal income tax in Liberia, no ban on assault weapons in Angola, no bleeding-heart judges in Rwanda, no welfare system in Sudan, and no burdensome environmental controls in the Caucasus. (Albright, 174) This connects to the thesis of this story by proving that, without big government, the lives of people are miserable. Parts of Africa were splintering, beset by strife, and in some cases almost completely lacking the institutions of government.
Soon after, Madeleine Albright learned about the horror in the Balkans. The bitter strife that occurred during the two years before Madeleine Albright became the United Nations ambassador, Yugoslavia was ripped to pieces. First Slovenia gained its independence after a brief spell of fighting. Then Croatia broke free, though after a savage war to which the mass grave near Vukovar bore witness. Macedonia split off without violence, but Bosnia, backed by Milosevic, gaining the upper hand. Day after day the world witnessed the murder of civilians, the burning of villages, the shelling of apartments, the destruction of churches and mosques, and reports of mass rape. (Albright, 179) This plays a key role into Madeleines purpose for writing this book by proving that in these new communist countries, such as Bosnia, were ruthlessly attacking the innocent civilians of Herzegovina. Because only one person was in charge, Milosevic, he was free to do as he pleased. This plays into Albrights problomatic relationship with the United Nations, as they stould back and pretended that the violence did not happen, as well as her mission to establish Democracy in these regions.