NOMINEE: Susan Rice

Born: Washington, DC. November 17, 1964

Family: Husband,  Ian O. Cameron, and two children.

Occupation: Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institute

Education: D.Phil. (1990), M.Phil. (1988), Oxford University; B.A., Stanford University, 1986

Clinton White House: Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1997-2001); Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, the National Security Council, the White House (1995-1997); Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping, National Security Council (1993-1995)


"Various interest groups and lawmakers issued statements today reacting to Barack Obama's six-person national security team. Three advocacy groups for women weighed in positively on the three female nominees: Sen. Hillary Clinton, Dr. Susan Rice and AZ Gov. Janet Napolitano: Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards, National Organization for Women president Kim Gandy and Emily's List's Ellen Malcolm."

"Throughout her extensive career in international affairs, Susan Rice has consistently affirmed the responsibility to address the burdens of poverty around the globe and their impact on global health. In addition, she understands the important role the United Nations plays in promoting and protecting women's health around the world, especially in developing countries. Susan Rice is a passionate and committed advocate for poor women and families around the world. We expect that she will work effectively with other countries to fulfill the UN's development agenda, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on maternal health, gender equality and AIDS reduction." - Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards.

"Reproductive health (abortion) is clearly and openly mentioned in the MDGs as a critical component of improving maternal health globally. The fifth of eight Millennium Development Goals is to improve maternal health. Two targets make up that goal: reduce by 3/4 the maternal mortality rate; and, according to the United Nations site about the MDG campaign, 'achieve universal access to reproductive health care.' This target clearly states, 'an unmet need for family planning undermines achievement of several other goals.'"  [source]


"At an interagency teleconference in late April, Susan Rice, a rising star on the NSC who worked under Richard Clarke, stunned a few of the officials present when she asked, 'If we use the word 'genocide' and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?' Lieutenant Colonel Tony Marley remembers the incredulity of his colleagues at the State Department. 'We could believe that people would wonder that,' he says, 'but not that they would actually voice it.' Rice does not recall the incident but concedes, 'If I said it, it was completely inappropriate, as well as irrelevant.'" Power, Samantha. "Bystanders to Genocide." The Atlantic September 2001.

"History demonstrates that there is one language Khartoum understands: the credible threat or use of force. After Sept. 11, 2001, when President Bush issued a warning to states that harbor terrorists, Sudan -- recalling the 1998 U.S. airstrike on Khartoum -- suddenly began cooperating on counterterrorism. It's time to get tough with Sudan again . . .After swift diplomatic consultations, the United States should press for a U.N. resolution that issues Sudan an ultimatum: accept unconditional deployment of the U.N. force within one week or face military consequences. The resolution would authorize enforcement by U.N. member states, collectively or individually. International military pressure would continue until Sudan relented. . . If the United States fails to gain U.N. support, we should act without it. Impossible? No, the United States acted without U.N. blessing in 1999 in Kosovo to confront a lesser humanitarian crisis (perhaps 10,000 killed) and a more formidable adversary." Rice, Susan, Lake, Anthony and Payne, Donald. "We Saved Europeans. Why Not Africans?" The Washington Post. October 2, 2006. 

On Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), nominee for Secretary of State, her potential counterpart at the State Department

"On MSNBC's "Tucker" yesterday, one of Sen. Barack Obama's top foreign policy aides, former assistant secretary of state for African Affairs Susan Rice, said of Clinton's 3 am phone call TV ad, 'Clinton hasn't had to answer the phone at three o'clock in the morning and yet she attacked Barack Obama for not being ready. They're both not ready to have that 3 am phone call.'"  [source]


"During Bill Clinton's second term, Rice played a major role in the decision to refuse Sudan's offer to hand over Bin Laden. According to Richard Miniter, author of Losing bin Laden, Rice persuaded Sandy Berger to turn Sudan down because she doubted its credibility and was offended by its human rights violations. But our ambassador to Sudan argued far more sensibly for calling Khartoum's 'bluff.' Mansoor Ijaz, who was involved in the negotiations with Sudan provides the same account. No doubt, Rice will urge Obama (in the unlikely event he needs urging) to rush into talks with Iran and Syria notwithstanding any reservations about their credibility and human rights records, on the theory of 'why not; how can it hurt?' But when offered the opportunity to take out the world's leading terrorist -- as opposed to appeasing rogue terrorist supporting states -- Rice drew the line." [source]