Albright to assume chairmanship of the National Democratic Institute
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In addition to writing a book, Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright plans to join the National Democratic Institute for
International Affairs (NDI) after she leaves office later this month, officials
Albright will assume the role of chairman of the board at the institute.
"We will be fortunate to benefit from Madeleine Albright's leadership as
NDI responds to new opportunities and challenges in assisting courageous
democrats throughout the world who promote peaceful political change in
non-democratic countries and work to consolidate pluralist institutions in new
democracies," NDI President Kenneth Wollack said in a press release.
Albright is no stranger to NDI -- having served as vice-chair when the
institute was founded in 1983.
As chairman, Albright succeeds Paul Kirk, co-chairman of the Commission
on Presidential Debates, chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and
former chairman of the Democratic Party.
NDI is a non-profit organization working to strengthen and expand
democracy worldwide. It is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy,
the U.S. Agency for International Development and private donations.
For almost twenty years, NDI has worked with proponents of democracy all
over the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections
and promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.