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W ellesley College hosted a compelling discussion, organized by the Albright Institute. In this conversation, two women who have engaged in leadership roles to represent their countries, Madeleine Albright and Susana Malcorra, sat down to discuss the future of democracy and global institutions. The two discussed the present backsliding in global democracies and the ways to preserve the fundamentals of democratic regimes – through inclusive environments. 

Madeleine Albright and Susana Malcorra have been leading champions in foreign policy, diplomacy, and democratic advocacy. Madeleine Albright led diplomatic initiatives as both Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Susana Malcorra led diplomatic efforts as Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Argentina, and has previously coordinated the Mission on the Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons. 

The two praised the efforts of women leaders during the time of covid and referenced states such as: Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Taiwan, Iceland, and New Zealand. In addition, both speakers addressed the influential work of women leaders during their time in politics and the instrumental role that many held in the negotiation table to solidify agreements and facilitate engagement. During the time period of backsliding in democracy, both speakers underscored that both women and men will have to be involved in the effort to uphold democracy, which is in a fragile state in many countries. 

Moderator: 

  • Carol Giacomo: Former Journalist for the New York Times Editorial Board. 

Speakers: 

  • Madeleine Albright: Former US Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations, GWL Voices Member. 
  • Susana Malcorra: Dean of the IE School of Public and Global Affairs; Former Under-Secretary General for the UN Department of Field Support, GWL Voices founding member.
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