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Madeleine Albright to speak via satellite in Vail

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Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyMadeleine Albright is arguably one of the greater tactical political minds of our time. She will speak via live satellite feed at the Vail Interfaith Chapel Sunday night.

First female U.S. Secretary of State, fluent in English, French, Czech and Russian languages, and former representative to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright is a powerful international figure. Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Madeline Albright will sit down for a discussion of foreign affairs with James F. Hoge Jr. The program will be presented live via satellite from New York’s 92nd Street Y.

As heat builds in the 2008 Presidential race, foreign policy has been one of the most incendiary topics. Albright offers seasoned advice to the future president of our nation.

“Madeline Albright is one of the most steady and trusted voices on the topic of foreign affairs,” said C.J. Tenner, president of B’Nai Vail. “I am looking forward to hearing her insight on how the U.S. can better position itself globally through self-assessment and foreign policy.” Additionally, Vail’s audience will have the opportunity to ask questions to Dr. Albright in real time via email.

As Secretary of State from 1997-2001, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, labor and environmental standards abroad. Prior to her post as Secretary, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of President Clinton’s cabinet from 1993 to 1997.

Her forthcoming book set to hit stores Feb. 5, is entitled, “Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership.” Albright posits that the next president of the United States will face a myriad of challenges to re-establish the United States as a global leader, and she recommends several ideas on how to make a foreign policy team that can achieve such a goal. The book is structured as a confidential memo as she discusses an insider’s analysis of U.S. options with respect to terrorism, the Middle East, the potential for nuclear war, and the present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also reveals personal insight on world leaders Kim Jong-il, Hugo Chavez, Vladimir Putin, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, drawing from her extensive experience as a White House advisor and looking ahead to how the future will be shaped. The book is regarded as an excellent primer on current foreign affairs.

Dr. Albright will be interviewed by James F. Hoge, Jr., the editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and the chair at the Council on Foreign Relations. His experience lies in U.S. foreign policy, media issues, and trends in international economics. Hoge has three decades of newspaper journalism. Under his leadership as editor, the Chicago Sun-Times won six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence, and the New York Daily News won one while he was publisher.

Over a dozen communities across the country access the 92nd Street Y lecture series via satellite. The evenings are free of charge, with a suggested donation of $10, and all lectures are held in the Vail Interfaith Chapel.

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