Secretaries of State Since WWII

This section gives information on each Secretary of State since World War II.  In addition to brief text and references, video clips on several are also included.



Condoleezza Rice -- 2005-2009

Condoleezza Rice became Secretary of State following her service as President George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor and a previous assignment as a Soviet affairs specialist on the National Security Council (under President George H.W. Bush), a distinguished academic career at Stanford University, and even an earlier stint as a State Department intern. Since assuming the position of Secretary, the first African American woman in that role, she has been a strong proponent of fighting terrorism through cooperation with friends and allies, countering the spread of nuclear weapons, promoting democracy and strengthening the effectiveness of the U.S. Foreign Service through measures she has described as “transformational diplomacy.”

  • Feliz, Antonia Condi: the Condoleezza Rice Story. New York: New Market Press, 2002.