Statecraft and Development: A conversation with former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
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Statecraft and Development: A conversation with former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET (17:30 – 19:00 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Headquarters and Online

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On February 19, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright shared insights on the challenges of creating effective foreign policy and fostering sustainable development in a world beset by wrenching social change and, in some cases, hardened sectarian, ethnic and ideological divisions. Drawing from lessons learned as Secretary of State and from her leadership of the Albright Stonebridge Group, she discussed the need for an interdisciplinary approach when confronting thorny dilemmas, be they political, economic or social.

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Read what others are asking
Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude
I've same question that I asked in the Gender Equality, why couldn't USA find a Woman President till date? My second question is, is it possible that we make a common foreign policy agenda for 100 years for all the countries that, there will be no war and will talk about development of this world at all the fronts, and we meet the MDG. Is it possible to modify foreign policies for USA or Veto Power Countries and all the member countries of UNO, for this no-war, only inclusive-progress? Please suggest/ guide.
Merel van Herpen
United States
Should local and regional developmental needs not over-ride statecraft and our respect for the state as an integral unit of social order? States, as well as international agencies like the World Bank, often give foreign aid to States based on statewide averages for earnings or production. In the fight against hunger or against violence, particularly in lower income countries, the earnings of people at the periphery or of discriminated against minorities is much less than the income in urban centers or of majority communities. Is using the "State" as the standard overlooking the needs of impoverished or endangered minorities?
Mary Jurczyk
United States
What is the interest rate the World Bank charges countries? On a documentary I heard it was very high. Thank you.
Gypsy Guillen Kaiser
United States
I wonder how you view the use of soft power today, not only by developed countries but also by developing ones. Is it equally viable for countries at both ends of the spectrum?
Gabriel Boc
What is your opinion on the recent developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina? The country's progress over the last 20 years has been poor and its performance lags significantly on any dimension when compared with its Western Balkan peers. One can even talked of state failure, so how would you judge the Dayton Agreement, after almost 20 years? Is it too soon to question whether a different arrangement (maybe even avoiding a Bosnia and Herzegovina altogether) might have been better?
situation in Ukraine, describes the state of the world in a society in developing countries?
Kubi Michael Udofia
United Kingdom
Thank you for this opportunity. Dear Mrs Albright, what should be the best approach of the U.S. and her western allies when dealing with nations where there are human right abuses and suppression of social rights with the citizens pushing for regime change? How should the interests of the citizens on one hand, be balanced with the consideration of ensuring national or regional social stability and sustainable development -- given that some recent regime changes in this manner have been glaringly counterproductive.