Susan RICE

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American politician, Ambassador, Diplomat, Civil servant

AmericanBorn Susan Elizabeth RICE

American diplomat, Democratic policy advisor, and former public official, who served as the 27th United States ambassador to the United Nations and as the 24th United States national security advisor

Born on November 17, 1964 in Washington, District of Columbia , United States (56 years)

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Rice was born in Washington, D.C., and attended Stanford University and New College at the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar and received a DPhil (PhD). She served on President Bill Clinton's National Security Council staff from 1993 to 1997 and was the assistant secretary of state for African Affairs at the State Department from 1997 to 2001. Appointed at age 32, Rice became the youngest person in U.S. history to serve as an Assistant Secretary of State. Rice's tenure saw significant changes in U.S.–Africa policy, including the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, support for democratic transitions in South Africa and Nigeria, and an increased U.S. focus on fighting HIV/AIDS.



A former Brookings Institution fellow, Rice served as a foreign policy advisor to Democratic presidential nominees Michael Dukakis, John Kerry, and Barack Obama. Rice opposed the Iraq War, supporting Obama in the Democratic primaries due to his similar opposition. After Obama won the 2008 presidential election, Rice was nominated as Ambassador to the United Nations. The Senate confirmed her by unanimous consent on January 22, 2009. During her tenure at the United Nations, Rice championed a human rights and anti-poverty agenda, elevated climate change and LGBT and women's rights as global priorities, and committed the U.S. to agreements such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. She also defended Israel at the Security Council, pushed for tough sanctions against Iran and North Korea, and advocated for U.S. and NATO intervention in Libya in 2011.

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