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 on Public Policy 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 adviser) from January 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999, during time which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and an 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, serving as director; senior director of Soviet and East European 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). 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 adviser Stephen J. Hadley and former secretary of defense Robert M. Gates.

Rice currently serves on the board of Dropbox, an online-storage technology company; 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 those of KiOR, Inc.; 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.

In 2013, Rice was appointed to the College Football Playoff Committee, formerly the Bowl Championship Series.

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 eleven honorary doctorates.  She currently resides in Stanford, California.

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Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton speaks on "Threats to American Security: A Cl
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Condoleezza Rice: John Bolton Understands That He, Not Trump, Had To Go

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Fox News
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice weighs in on the exit of National Security Adviser John Bolton from the Trump administration, saying that in the end, Bolton had to have known he would have to "go" if he and the president weren't on the same page. Rice says "I'm sure he did his best to give the president his unvarnished advice which is what you're supposed to do as national security adviser, but in the final analysis, if the national security adviser and the president are not on the same page, it's not the president who's going to go and I'm sure that John understands that as a long-serving diplomat, long-serving policy expert."

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Condoleezza Rice 'Relieved' After Cancellation Of Taliban Talks

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Fox News
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice said she's "relieved" that the US walked away from talks with the Taliban concerning the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

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Condoleezza Rice: The Taliban Believed We Wanted A Peace Agreement More Than They Did

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia Fox News Radio
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses her new book To Build A Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth. Rice notes that President Trump made the right decision to cancel meeting with the Taliban at Camp David, and Rice also believes that keeping a military presence in Afghanistan is important to make sure Afghanistan does not go back to a place that allowed 9/11 to happen.

Condoleezza Rice gives the before-dinner remarks titled “US Global Leadership?”
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Condoleezza Rice: "I'm Relieved" That U.S. Walked Away From Talks With Taliban

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia CBS News
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice said she's "relieved" that the US walked away from talks with the Taliban concerning the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

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Condoleezza Rice: We're Not Going To Abandon The Women Of Afghanistan

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice offers her insight into some key issues faced by the United States as it attempts to end the war in Afghanistan.

In the News

We May Have To Shoot Down This Aircraft

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia Politico Magazine
Thursday, September 5, 2019

What the chaos aboard Flight 93 on 9/11 looked like to the White House, to the fighter pilots prepared to ram the cockpit and to the passengers.

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Condoleezza Rice: To Build A Better World

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Commonwealth Club
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Dr. Rice provides a thoughtful diplomatic analysis of the last 40 years and details the design for a more peaceful and prosperous world. She draws upon her experience and explains the risk, uncertainty and drama of how states were divided and societies were transformed.

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Condoleezza Rice To Close PCMA’s Convening Leaders In San Francisco

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Conference and Meetings World
Friday, August 16, 2019

Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American woman to hold the post of Secretary of State (2005-2009), will anchor the concluding session to 2020 PCMA Convening Leaders, which takes place 5-8 January 2020 in San Francisco, USA.

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Books For Beefing Up Business Security

featuring Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegartvia Business Vancouver
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Political action can seriously affect businesses and attacks can come from multiple sources such as social media users, hackers and even local governments. Condoleezza Rice and Amy Zegart look at ways in which political activity can throw a company into crisis and what measures need to be taken to limit the damage. Whistleblowers and watchdog groups may also find this book of interest.

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State Department 230th Anniversary Celebration

interview with George P. Shultz, Condoleezza Rice, Niall Ferguson, Henry A. Kissingervia C-SPAN
Monday, July 29, 2019

On July 27, 1789, the Department of State became the first US government executive branch department to be established. Hoover Institution fellows George Shultz, Condoleezza Rice, Niall Ferguson, and Henry Kissinger celebrate the 230th anniversary of the State Department. 

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