Madeleine Albright: Packing Heat

Madeleine Albright's threat-filled diplomacy has had mixed results. Kosovo is a chance to prove it works

This was nobody's idea of a romantic Valentine's Day. While millions of couples prepared for a quiet night out, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and her top aides bundled onto an Air Force jet bound for France, where peace talks between Yugoslav Serbs and Albanians were stalemated. From the moment she landed, Albright began trying to punch through the impasse. She bluntly threatened the Serbs with warnings about NATO air strikes, charmed the Albanians with the promise of U.S. support and kept her fellow foreign ministers in line by reminding them of their commitment to hit the Serbs hard if negotiations...

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