As we watched, transfixed, last week as Secretary of State Clinton juggled multiple foreign-affairs crises, many of us thought of the first woman in her job, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. So we were glad to come across the TED Talk, below, in which Albright talks  about politics and diplomacy with Pat Mitchell from the Paley Center. Like her successor, Albright asserts below that women’s issues are often the very hardest ones, dealing directly with life and death  — and therefore deserve a place at the center of foreign policy. We’ll keep looking for video of Albright giving her thoughts on this spring’s tumult, but right now we’re happy to hear her analysis of why it’s good for women to be diplomats,  how Saddam Hussein inspired her book Read My Pins: Stories From a Diplomat’s Jewel Box, and why “there’s a special hell for women who don’t help other women.”

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