This is a transcript of an interview Matthew Alan Hill conducted with Connie Morella for the Women and US Foreign Policy Interview Project at The Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London.
Interviewee: Connie (Constance) Morella (CM)
Employment positions referred to in interview: US ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris (2003-2007), and US House of Representative for Maryland’s 8th district (1987-2003).
Interviewer: Matthew Alan Hill (MH)
Date: August 2, 2011
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Website profile: http://www.american.edu/spa/faculty/cmorella.cfm
General questions about your career [00:20 – 18:15]
Always interested in public service; Montgomery County Maryland Commission for Women; Equal Rights Act (ERA); becoming a Republican in order to vote in Senatorial primary for Charles Mac Mathias; moderate Republican; State Legislature and working on the Appropriations Committee; criminal justice and transport sub-committees; continued interest in women’s issues when elected as a Congresswoman; Violence Against Women Act; Secretary of State Clinton establishing Office of Global Women’s Issues with Melanne Verveer Ambassador-at-Large; fears about impact of Taliban on women in Afghanistan; support for the 2000 GAINS Act which supported women and girls in foreign assistance; Bush’s PEPFAR policy to combat AIDS.
Non-gender specific issues and events you were involved in during your FP-related career [18:16 – 22:48]
Discussion of Israel, Slovakia, Estonia, Chile and Russia joining the OECD; Russia, the Duma and an anti-corruption bill; “women’s rights are human rights, human rights are women’s rights”, Mubarak and Female Genital Mutilation; worldwide interest in the US Violence Against Women Act; talking about women’s issues with the National Endowment for Democracy.
Experiences and knowledge of US engagement with gender issues in foreign policy [22:49 – 40:52]
Talks about the inclusion of gender as a national interest; incorporation of women’s rights into US foreign policy in the 21st Century.
Views on recent US foreign policy related issues [40:53 – 51.08]
Talks on the Arab Spring; impact of technology on the Arab Spring; importance of understanding culture when implementing programmes in a country; OECD working with coffee growers in Rwanda; effectiveness of congressional funding cuts to countries that do not adhere to US values such as equal rights.
There is no edited transcript of this interview