Fascism: A Warning

Date(s) - 04/20/18
8:15 am - 9:45 am

Standard Club

Hosted by
Chicago Council


Fascism: A Warning

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Former US Secretary of State. Moderated by Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs.


The 20th century was defined by the clash between democracy and fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption. Fascism, as Albright shows, not only endured through the 20th century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II. Is the momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell going into reverse? How are economic, technological, and cultural factors playing a role in empowering the political extremes?

Written by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, Fascism: A Warning, is a book for our times that is relevant to all times. The book will be available for sale and signing from The Book Cellar following the program.


Madeleine K. Albright

Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Former US Secretary of State

Madeleine K. Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. In 1997 Albright was named the 64th US secretary of state, becoming the first female to hold the position and one of the highest ranking women in the history of US government. From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the US permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. In 2012, she was chosen by President Barack Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.