Condoleezza Rice

Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow
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American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of political science at Stanford University.  She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the sixty-sixth Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999, during which time she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military.

From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff.  She served as director; senior director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

As a professor of political science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and coauthored numerous books, including two best sellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010); she also wrote Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

In 1991, Rice cofounded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America [BCGA]). CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta, and Dallas. She remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after-school programs. 

Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

Rice currently serves on the board of C3, an energy software company, and Makena Capital, a private endowment firm. In addition, she is a member of the boards of the George W. Bush Institute, the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Previously, Rice served on various additional boards, including the Chevron Corporation; the Charles Schwab Corporation; the Transamerica Corporation; the Hewlett-Packard Company; the University of Notre Dame; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master's from the University of Notre Dame; and her PhD from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Rice is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded ten honorary doctorates.  She currently resides in Stanford, California.

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Lead from the Front

by Condoleezza Ricevia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Under the Obama administration, the United States looks weak and hesitant. Russia noticed.

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Will America Heed the Wake-Up Call of Ukraine?

by Condoleezza Ricevia Washington Post
Friday, March 7, 2014

Ukraine is a wake-up call: For peace and security, the U.S. must step forward.

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Rice on CNN International: “the past is behind us”

by Condoleezza Ricevia CNN International
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hoover senior fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses potential US relations with India should Narendra Modi become prime minister on CNN International. Topics include India as a democracy, the alignment of values and interests between the United States and India, and the lingering influence of the 2002 violence in Gujarat.

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Rice on Face the Nation: “we are never going to erase race out of American life”

by Condoleezza Ricevia Face the Nation (CBS)
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hoover senior fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses race relations in the United States on CBS’s Face the Nation as part of a panel of Southern writers. Topics include race and poverty, and how leaving the South changed their lives.

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Rice on CBS News: “You certainly can’t believe the Iranians or trust them”

by Condoleezza Ricevia CBS This Morning
Thursday, October 3, 2013

Hoover senior fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses, on CBS’s This Morning, the current state of Iran-US relations, including Iran’s nuclear program, effects of sanctions on and new dynamics in US-Iran relations. She also talked about the need for more dialogue between the parties to resolve the government shutdown.

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The Way Forward on Immigration

by Condoleezza Rice, Haley Barbour, Henry Cisneros, Ed Rendellvia Politico
Thursday, August 15, 2013

It's easy to conclude, with Congress seemingly gridlocked on so many issues, that comprehensive immigration reform will be yet another casualty of today's divisive politics. But where some may see conflict, we see real progress. What is most striking to us are not the differences, but the similarities, in many of the views expressed by...

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Rice: We cannot sanction military rule in Egypt

by Condoleezza Ricevia CBS News
Monday, August 12, 2013

Condoleezza Rice, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science at Stanford University, addressed the mounting tensions in Egypt on CBS News. “Whether you call it a coup or not, the military's intervention was a dark day for Egypt,” Rice said, adding that “we cannot sanction what the military did.”

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Rice: Russian asylum for Snowden is a slap in the face to United States

by Condoleezza Ricevia CBS News
Friday, August 9, 2013

Condoleezza Rice, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science at Stanford University, questions, on CBS News, the value of working toward a close relationship with Russia amid increasingly frayed ties between the two nations.

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Hoover fellow Rice notes on CBS News that the United States can’t “sit on the sidelines” in Syria

by Condoleezza Ricevia CBS News
Monday, June 3, 2013

Condoleezza Rice, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science at Stanford University, notes that the situation in Syria is becoming the linchpin of a possibly exploding Middle East and the United States doesn't have an option to sit on the sidelines.

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Learn to Speak Up

by Condoleezza Ricevia Lean In
Monday, April 1, 2013

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