Address by
Madeleine K. Albright
Former US Secretary of State

Georgetown University - March 16, 2005

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright gives the keynote address at the Third Annual Fritz Institute Lecture on Humanitarian Relief, accompanied by Susan F. Martin, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, Lynn C. Fritz, Director General of Fritz Institute, and James J. O'Donnell, Provost of Georgetown University.

I want to address a political opportunity´┐Ż

When I was in government I dredged up every argument I could why Foreign Aid should be called National Security assistance. I said our assistance was an investment in our own well-being because Americans would be safer and do better in a world where people everywhere have a stake in their communities and countries, and everywhere have a stake in the stability and prosperity of the international system·

The question I'd like to explore this morning is whether we can change the direction of U.S. foreign policy so that it looks more as it did half-a-century ago, with America leading the way not only militarily but also in the struggle to meet and defeat global problems.

Fritz Institute's special expertise is in the delivery of humanitarian assistance and it provides the leading edge in logistics for that chain of need. And this is indeed a vital role, because when disaster strikes, help that arrives too late is actually no help at all, and even a few hours can spell the difference between starvation and nourishment, destruction and survival.

- Madeleine K. Albright
Former US Secretary of State

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