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Early Career of Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice was hired to be an assistant professor at Stanford in 1981. While at Stanford she received two teaching awards and got a great reputation as a teacher. Other universities saw her value and attempted to recruit her. While at Stanford she did fellowships at the Counsel on Foreign Relations and the Hoover Institution.

She had been a Democrat, but several experiences had changed her mind about her party affiliation. First she thought that Jimmy Carter and other Liberals were quite naive about the Soviet Union and the communists. She understood the Soviet ability to be deceitful and power hungry. Carter seemed blissfully unaware, making many huge foreign policy missteps, including his dealings with the Soviets over their adventure in Afghanistan and his relinquishing of the Panama Canal. She also felt that the Democrats had a condescending attitude toward minorities. She became a Republican.

She dazzled other scholars in her field and became known as a confident and electrifying speaker. She was especially known for her preparedness.

Her mother died in 1985. Her father moved to California to be closer to Condoleezza. She did much to care for him, helping to get him a new job and find an apartment. Besides being mentored by renown scholars, she was growing into a mentor herself. Many students found her advice sage and her insights profound.

She met Brent Scowcroft in 1984 and impressed him greatly. He was an influential policy advisor in the Reagan White House. He talked Condoleezza Rice into coming on the president's NSC (National Security Council) staff in 1989.

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