Twenty Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Susan Rice

Then-U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks with the media after Security Council consultations at U.N. headquarters in New York in 2012. (Allison Joyce/Reuters)
Being soft on African dictators, pondering the electoral implications of calling genocide genocide, and giving Richard Holbrooke the finger

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ne: In April 1994, Susan Rice was a rising star on the U.S. National Security Council who worked under Richard Clarke. That year, attention turned to a bloody slaughter in Rwanda; the U.S. officials could see that it was genocide, but officially labeling the massacres genocide would mean that the U.S. would be obligated to act under the terms of the 1948 Genocide Convention. Rice raised other concerns as well:

At an interagency teleconference in late April, she stunned a few of the officials present when she asked, “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will


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