Mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of American interests and values, Ambassador Susan Rice powerfully connects the personal and the professional. She joins us with stories from Tough Love, a powerful recollection of the experiences that taught her how to compete and excel as an African American woman in settings where people of color are few.
In conversation with Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior and current CEO of The Nature Conservancy, Rice offers an insider’s account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades. They discuss topics ranging from “Black Hawk Down” in Somalia to the genocide in Rwanda and the East Africa embassy bombings in the late 1990s, to Libya, Syria, a secret channel to Iran, the Ebola epidemic, and the opening to Cuba during the Obama years. Rice reveals previously untold stories behind recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the war against ISIS, the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration. Above all, Rice and Jewell offer us an urgent appeal to the American public to bridge our dangerous domestic divides in order to preserve our democracy and sustain our global leadership.
Susan Rice served as the 27th US Ambassador to the United Nations and is a former United States National Security Advisor. She is currently Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the School of International Service at American University, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times.
Sally Jewell is the Interim Chief Executive Officer for The Nature Conservancy. Jewell previously served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 2013 to 2017. During her tenure, she was recognized for using a science-based, landscape-level, collaborative approach to natural resources management.
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