Albright has developed a “pragmatic idealistic” approach and is identified with the term “assertive multi-facetedness” to describe the Clinton administration’s foreign policy.
She grew up in a family that fled the Nazis in Europe in the mid-20th century, events that shaped her worldview, and she saw the U.S. as a “necessary nation” when it came to using diplomacy backed by the use of force to defend democratic values around the world.
Jewish origin and connection to Israel
Albright was born Maria Jana Korblova in Farg, to a Czech diplomat named Josef Korbel, and to her mother Anna. She grew up as a Christian-Catholic after her parents converted to Judaism in order to escape persecution. During her tenure as Secretary of State, Albright promoted peace agreements in the Middle East and participated in talks between Israel and the PLO that led to the Wai agreement.
“At the UN, my mission was to make the organization more friendly to Israel, to stop making condemnation decisions and later to attach it to various groups,” she wrote in her memoir, in which she claimed that the assassination of Rabin was one of the greatest historical and political tragedies.