Condoleezza Rice, Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy, Stanford University, former US Secretary of State and former National Security Advisor
Moderated by Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute
May 12, 2017
Author and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited the Johns Hopkins SAIS community to discuss international affairs and share insights from her new book, "Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom."
Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli moderated the off-the-record discussion, which touched on the efforts and specific challenges for advancing democracy in nations at vastly different stages of development. The main theme of the book explains that the perfect conditions for creating democracy never exist in the real world. The transition process will be different in each country because each starts from a different place.
Questions from the audience explored the current conditions in Ukraine, Cuba, Colombia, Russia, and China. Rice shared her insights on the paths forward for these nations and the potential barriers to overcome.