Susan Rice

Born Nov 17, 1964

Susan Elizabeth Rice is an American diplomat, former Brookings Institution fellow, and the current United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Rice served on the staff of the National Security Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during President Bill Clinton's second term. Rice was confirmed as UN Ambassador by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on January 22, 2009. She is the first African-American woman to hold that office.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Susan Rice.


1964 Birth Born on November 17, 1964.


1986 21 Years Old Rice attended Stanford University, where she received a Truman Scholarship and graduated with a BA in history in 1986. … Read More
1988 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, Rice attended New College, Oxford, where she earned a MPhil in 1988 and DPhil in 1990. … Read More
1989 - 1992 3 More Events
1993 28 Years Old 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.
1994 29 Years Old 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 subsequently acknowledged the mistakes made at the time and felt that a debt needed repaying. … Read More


1996 - 1998 3 More Events
2001 36 Years Old Rice was managing director and principal at Intellibridge from 2001 to 2002.
2002 37 Years Old In 2002, she joined the Brookings Institution as senior fellow in the foreign policy program. … Read More
2004 39 Years Old During the 2004 presidential campaign, Rice served as a foreign policy adviser to John Kerry.


Rice went on leave from the Brookings Institution to serve as a senior foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential campaign. … Read More
2010 45 Years Old 1 More Event
The 2010 National Security Strategy was referred to by Rice as a "dramatic departure" from its predecessor.
2011 46 Years Old As the 2011 Libyan civil war progressed, Rice made clear that the United States and the international community saw a clear choice for Gaddafi and his aides: step down from power or face significant consequences. … Read More
In 2012, when serving as UN ambassador, Rice opposed efforts to publicly censure Rwandan President Paul Kagame for again supporting a Congolese rebel group, this time in the 2012 Congo conflict, despite the sacking of the regional capital of Goma. … Read More
2013 48 Years Old 1 More Event
Rice was picked to succeed Tom Donilon as National Security Advisor immediately following Donilon's resignation on June 5, 2013. … Read More
2014 49 Years Old In May 2014, Rice traveled to Israel for meetings with Israeli officials in which nuclear talks with Iran were discussed. … Read More


In releasing the 2015 National Security Strategy, Rice said that the US was pursuing an "ambitious yet achievable agenda" overseas.
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