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Albright Weighs In On The Arab Spring During Speech At IU

Former Secretary of State reflects on immigration, the Arab Spring, and her time in the Clinton cabinet.

Madeleine Albright at IU

Photo: James Okungu/WFIU

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks at IU Auditorium Wednesday night as part of IU College of Arts and Sciences' Themester, "Making War, Making Peace."

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright addressed issues involving the Arab Spring, Mexico’s drug war and the difficulties of being the first female secretary of state during a speech Wednesday evening at Indiana University.

Responding to a question on U.S.-Mexico relations, Albright said the two countries need to work together to deal with the problem of illegal immigration and drug cartels.

“Many people would prefer to live in the country where they were born but they have to be able to make a living,” she said.

A Czech-born immigrant, Albright was the first woman to hold the position of United States Secretary of State. She served during Bill Clinton’s second administration. Speaking about her time in office, the former diplomat said she had no problem with Arab leaders in the Middle East but she did have to work with “the male chauvinist pigs” in the U.S. government who felt she did not deserve the position.

Albright also did not have kind words for the media. Fielding a question on the Arab Spring, she said the media covered it like a sports event with a definite ending time and not with the seriousness it deserved.

Albright said although she is a believer in peace and supports a strong army, she also supports a cut in the military budget.

Asked who she would recommend as Secretary of State if President Obama were to have a second term, she declined to answer, merely saying that “(Hillary) Clinton is doing a great job.”

Albright is currently a professor at Georgetown University and spoke as a part of the IU College of Arts and Sciences’ Themester 2011, “Making War, Making Peace.”

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