The Education of Samantha Power

June 6th, 2013

Samantha Power is brilliant and President Obama’s pick to be the newest member of his cabinet and our new United Nations Ambassador. Her views have often been controversial, but always with a deep moral grounding.

Part of this comes from her study of and admiration for the late UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello. de Mello was killed in Iraq in 2003, engaged in the ongoing struggle to balance morality with the practical nature of diplomacy.

Back in 2008, upon the publication of her book on de Mello,  Chasing the Flame: One Man's Fight to Save the World, I spoke with Samantha Power.  Listening to that conversation today, we get some very real insights
into the education of Samantha Power.