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Name: Condoleezza Rice                                                               
Born: 14 November 1954 Birmingham, Alabama                                           
Condoleezza Rice (born November 14, 1954) is the 66th United States Secretary of     
State, and the second in the administration of President George W. Bush to hold     
the office. Rice is the first black woman, second African American (after Colin     
Powell, who served before her from 2001 to 2005), and second woman (after           
Madeleine Albright who served from 1997 to 2001) to serve as Secretary of State.     
Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor during his first term, but       
before joining the Bush administration, she was a Professor of political science     
at Stanford University where she served as Provost from 1993 to 1999. During the     
administration of George H.W. Bush, Rice also served as the Soviet and East         
European Affairs Advisor during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German       
When beginning as Secretary of State, Rice pioneered a policy of                     
Transformational Diplomacy, with a focus on democracy in the greater Middle East.   
Her emphasis on supporting democratically elected governments faced challenges       
as Hamas captured a popular majority in Palestine yet supported Islamist terror,     
and influential countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt maintained               
authoritarian systems with US support. She chairs the Millennium Challenge           
Corporation's board of directors.                                                   
In addition to English, she speaks, with varying degrees of fluency, Russian,       
German, French, and Spanish.