Susan Rice Husband – Son, Parents, & China – Biography

Susan Rice Husband – Son, Parents, & China – Biography

Susan Rice Husband – Son, Parents, & China – Biography – Susan Elizabeth Rice is an American diplomat, foreign policy advisor, Democratic consultant, and former public official who served as the 27th United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013 and as the 24th United States National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017.

Susan Rice Husband

Susan Rice Husband – Son, Parents, & China – Biography

Born Name: Susan Elizabeth Rice
Date of Birth: November 17, 1964
Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., United States
Political party: Democratic
Spouse(s): Ian Cameron (m. 1992)
Children: Maris Rice-Cameron, Jake Rice-Cameron
Parents: Emmett J. Rice (father)
Lois Dickson Rice (mother)
Education: Stanford University (BA)
New College, Oxford (MPhil, DPhil)
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Early life and education

Rice was born in Washington, D.C., to education policy scholar Lois Rice (née Dickson), who helped design the federal Pell Grant subsidy system and who joined the Brookings Institution in 1992; and Emmett J. Rice (1919–2011), a Cornell University economics professor and the second black governor of the Federal Reserve System. Her maternal grandparents were Jamaican. Her parents divorced when Rice was ten years of age. In 1978, her mother married Alfred Bradley Fitt, an attorney, who at the time was general counsel of the U. S. Congressional Budget Office.


Clinton administration

Rice served in the Clinton administration in various capacities: at the National Security Council (NSC) from 1993 to 1997 (as director for international organizations and peacekeeping from 1993 to 1995, and as special assistant to the president and senior director for African affairs from 1995 to 1997); and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 1997 to 2001. Rice’s tenure saw significant changes in U.S.-Africa policy, including the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, support for democratic transitions in South Africa and Nigeria, and an increased U.S. focus on fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic.:201–204


National Security Council

At the time of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Rice reportedly said, “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November election?” She denied the quote but acknowledged the mistakes made at the time and felt that debt needed repaying.:152 The inability or failure of the Clinton administration to do anything about the genocide would form her later views on possible military interventions. She said of the experience: “I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required.” Later in 2012, during an interview with The New Republic, Rice stated: “To suggest that I’m repenting for [Rwanda] or that I’m haunted by that or that I don’t sleep at night because of that or that every policy I’ve implemented subsequently is driven by that is garbage.”



Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a longtime mentor and family friend to Rice, urged Clinton to appoint Rice as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in 1997. At a confirmation hearing chaired by Senator John Ashcroft, Rice, who attended the hearing along with her infant son whom she was then nursing, made a great impression on senators from both parties and “sailed through the confirmation process”.


Business and think tank activities

Rice was managing director and principal at Intellibridge from 2001 to 2002. In 2002, she joined the Brookings Institution as senior fellow in the foreign policy program. At Brookings, she focused on U.S. foreign policy, weak and failing states, the implications of global poverty, and transnational threats to security.


Obama administration
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

On December 1, 2008, Rice was nominated by President-elect Obama to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, a position which he restored to cabinet level. Rice became the second-youngest person and the first African American woman to represent the U.S. at the UN. Reportedly Rice had coveted the post of National Security Advisor, which instead went to retired United States Marine Corps General, James L. Jones.


Libyan Civil War

As the 2011 Libyan Civil War progressed, the United States and its allies offered a clear choice for Colonel Gaddafi and his aides: step down from power or face an international response. Rice offered some of the toughest rhetoric toward Gaddafi, blasting his denials of atrocities against his own citizens as “frankly, delusional”. Several UN diplomats said that in a closed-door meeting on April 28, Rice’s claims of Gaddafi’s atrocities included the issuance of Viagra to loyalists in order to further terrorize the population with sexual violence. Together with National Security Council figure Samantha Power, who already supported the U.S.-led military intervention in Libya, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who came to support it, the three overcame internal opposition from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, security adviser Thomas E. Donilon, and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, to have the administration advance a UN proposal to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and authorize other military actions as necessary. On March 17, 2011, the UK, France, and Lebanon joined the U.S. to vote for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 while Brazil, Germany, and India joined permanent Security Council members China and Russia in abstaining. Rice and Clinton played major roles in gaining approval for the resolution. Clinton said the same day that establishing a no-fly zone over Libya would require the bombing of air defenses. Rice said, “we are interested in a broad range of actions that will effectively protect civilians and increase the pressure on the Gaddafi regime to halt the killing and to allow the Libyan people to express themselves in their aspirations for the future freely and peacefully”.


Syrian Civil War

In January 2012, after the Russian and Chinese veto of another Security Council resolution calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, Rice strongly condemned both countries, saying, “They put a stake in the heart of efforts to resolve this conflict peacefully”, and adding that “we the United States are standing with the people of Syria. Russia and China are obviously with Assad”. In her words, “The United States is disgusted that a couple of members of this Council continue to prevent us from fulfilling our sole purpose”.


2012 Benghazi attack

On September 11, 2012, the U.S. diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya was attacked, resulting in the deaths of the United States Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and two former Navy SEALS, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone S. Woods. On September 16, Rice appeared on five major interview shows to discuss the attacks. Prior to her appearance, Rice was provided with “talking points” from a CIA memo, which stated:



Rice serves on the boards of several organizations, including the advisory board of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, the board of directors of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (Bloomberg BNA), and the board of directors of Partnership for Public Service. She is a past member of the boards of directors of the National Democratic Institute, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the Atlantic Council, and Internews Network. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.


Personal life

Rice married Canadian-born former ABC News executive producer Ian Officer Cameron on September 12, 1992, at the St. Albans School chapel. They met as students at Stanford. The couple has two children, son John David Rice-Cameron and daughter Maris Rice-Cameron.

Rice is an avid tennis player, often playing on weekends.


Awards and honors

Rice was inducted into Stanford’s Black Alumni Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2017, Rice was presented with the Award of Commander, the Legion of Honour of France, by French President François Hollande for her contributions to Franco-American relations. From 1)Wikipedia


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