The Atlantic, a liberal publication, asks: the liberal Democrat was involved in a major policy shift in Washington's approach toward Africa. But was it a positive one? "Rice served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during Bill Clinton's second term as president. As Columbia University law professor Peter] Rosenblum explained in a 2002 article in Current History [$], the second Clinton administration began with a full-fledged pivot to Africa, with Madeline Albright undertaking a high-profile visit to the continent early in her tenure as secretary of state."
More: "'Rice was a major force in this new, very personalized engagement with a group of leaders who had come to power through military means but who represented, for the Clinton policy people, something new and admirable,' [Rosenblum] says. 'The group they bonded to included leaders who were eventually at war with each other within a period of two or three years.'"