Susan Rice on Foreign Policy



As Rhodes Scholar, urged divesting from South Africa

Rice was one of three students in her year at Stanford to win the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, which she used to study international relations at New College, Oxford. During her senior year, Rice and fellow recipients leveraged their positions as incoming Rhodes scholars to urge Stanford University and the Rhodes Trust to divest from corporations conducting business in South Africa in protest of apartheid.
Source: Stanford Daily on Biden Cabinet , Dec 13, 2020

Worked to bring allies together to address challenges

Q: What is the Obama foreign policy legacy?

RICE: I think we effectively leveraged our alliances and partnerships to address key concerns. Whether it was working to negotiate the Paris Climate Agreement, or the Iran nuclear agreement, or the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or the coalition to fight ISIS, or to fight the Ebola epidemic. We effectively brought allies and partners together to address those complex challenges and did so even as we had to confront many of them simultaneously.

Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2020 Veepstakes , Nov 14, 2019

Foreign policy should serve national interest, not president

We have to be willing to serve to the best of our abilities in the interests of the U.S. government. And what I'm so concerned about, as I look at this administration, is now we're seeing every day more evidence that the actions coming out of the president and the White House are not serving the national interest, however well-guided or misguided, but rather serving the personal interests of the president.
Source: PBS Newshour interview on impeaching Trump , Oct 11, 2019

Didn't want to be pigeonholed as "black working on Africa"

I was concerned, at not quite 28, that as an African American woman entering the field of national security and foreign policy, that if I accepted a job in African policy without having demonstrated my ability to work on a wider range of issues, I feared, I think legitimately, that I might get pigeonholed in Africa. That people in this predominantly white national security establishment would see me as black working on Africa -- and therefore not capable of, or suited to do, anything else.
Source: National Public Radio on 2020 Maine Senate race , Oct 7, 2019

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