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Because being a living former secretary of state means you’re part of a very exclusive club — and Rice’s views open a window into what the U.S. may do next on the global stage.

This week OZY co-founder and CEO Carlos Watson sat down with Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state, in her offices on the Stanford University campus for a wide-ranging conversation on everything from world affairs to her favorite athletes. In Part 1 of our interview, Rice tells Watson she favors increasing the number of U.S. troops in the Baltic states — a move the former secretary of state says will stop Vladimir Putin from moving any further. The Russian expert tells OZY she’s confident such an action would change the current situation in Eastern Europe.

Watson asked Rice to compare criticism of how the Obama administration handled the Benghazi embassy attack with her own experiences with the media and government investigations during her tenure in the Bush White House. She reminded us that she testified before the 9/11 Commission as National Security Advisor, and said she believes in Congress’ constitutional right to continue investigating — particularly since there are “still unanswered questions.”

We’ll have more from Rice in the days ahead, but here’s a sneak peek at some other highlights in the videos below.

Who’s on Her Short List for 2016

Rice tells OZY who she thinks should run on the GOP presidential ticket, why she’s not interested in campaigning herself, and what she would say if another female former secretary of state came looking for her support.

Rice Pt. 2

Source: Jared Frazer

The Responsibility Donald Sterling Failed to Live Up To

Rice dismisses the excuse that “people say things” like Sterling’s racist remarks, and notes that he failed to live up to his responsibility as an employer.

Rice Pt. 3

Source: Jared Frazer

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Aneesh Raman is a Senior Editor at OZY. A former Middle East Correspondent for CNN and speechwriter for President Obama, Raman tends to identify himself first as a proud member of Red Sox nation.