The Leaf Chronicle
Fort Campbell, KY | March 23, 2013
Three iconic figures within international affairs are Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice. Each of them brought to the position of the U.S. Secretary of State a unique and distinctive style, insight, and intellect that left an indelible mark on the world and a historic legacy of diversity. Each one had unique hurdles to transcend in their destiny for greatness.
As a German-born American political scientist and diplomat, Henry Kissinger was challenged to be fully accepted as an immigrant serving in that lofty position. Nevertheless, along with his accomplishments of serving with two U.S. presidents, he's a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Madeleine Albright was the first woman to become the U.S. Secretary of State. Nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1996, she was unanimously confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote of 99–0. Among many prestigious achievements, she holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State. She was the first female African-American U.S. Secretary of State, as well as the second African American after Colin Powell, and the second woman after Albright. Appointed by President George W. Bush, she initially served as the U.S. National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position.
A few months ago, I had the honor to witness our nation's next generation of brilliant minds at work in the international affairs arena. I humbling served as a judge for a program at Fort Campbell High School (FCHS) called Model United Nations (MUN).
Having been asked by Ms. Kesha Ladd, who teaches Contemporary Issues, Sociology and Anthropology at FCHS, I assisted the FCHS MUN teacher/advisor and German teacher, Mr. Kenneth Jankowski, in scoring the MUN participants' performance in answering a hypothetical question that pertained to an international affairs issue.