Statement of James A. Baker, III, on the Death of Madeleine Albright

“Madeleine Albright was a tireless defender of human rights whose pursuit of true democracy was a beacon for people across the globe. As Secretary of State, she strove to keep our nation focused on international engagement during post-Cold War years when many Americans favored global retrenchment. Her effectiveness relied on innate savviness, intellectual wisdom, and a bipartisan approach to U.S. foreign policy. The world is a better place because of Madeleine’s efforts. My wife Susan and I will miss her greatly, particularly that delightful wit of hers, and we send our deepest regrets to her family.”

— James A. Baker, III
61st U.S. Secretary of State

Madeleine Albright, then newly appointed Secretary of State, delivered her first major foreign policy address outside of Washington, D.C., at the Baker Institute. Watch her Feb. 7, 1997, address on building a bipartisan foreign policy below.