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Former Ambassador to UN Rice to Speak About Her New Book

By on February 12, 2020

Susan E. Rice (Screen capture of

SAN JUAN — The former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and former National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice will be speaking in Puerto Rico Thursday about the launch of her new book, “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For.”

The event will take place Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Puerto Rico Museum of Art’s Raúl Juliá Theater, at 7:30 p.m.

After serving on President Barack Obama’s cabinet as ambassador to the UN and national security adviser, Rice is currently a distinguished visiting research fellow at the School of International Service at American University, a non-resident senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.

During her conversation with Erin Pelton, founder of Puerto Rico Live, Rice will share stories of “juggling parenting with high-profile jobs, of caring for aging parents while being responsible for the nation’s security, and how to accept offers of Tough Love and see them as the gifts that they are,” the event’s page reads. “Rice will offer an insider’s account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades – from ‘Black Hawk Down’ in Somalia, to a secret channel to Iran, the Ebola epidemic, and the opening to Cuba during the Obama years. She will reveal previously untold stories behind recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration.”

Puerto Rico Live hosts moderated talks related to personal and professional development in order to inspire and contribute to the island’s economic growth.

Puerto Rico Live founder Erin Pelton (Screen capture of

Pelton was a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer until 2014, and served in senior roles in the Obama administration, including as director of communications and spokesperson to the U.S. Mission to the UN, and communications director and assistant press secretary at the White House National Security Council. She moved to Puerto Rico in 2018 with her husband, Puerto Rico Live co-founder Miguel Estien, and their children.

“Puerto Rico Live is a platform that introduces the island to the circuit of ideas and book tours that are taking place all over the world today,” said Estien, who returned in 2018 to support the island’s recovery efforts after two decades with GE Capital.

“We are honored to be able to bring a guest of Susan Rice’s caliber to the island and we hope her participation will serve as a source of knowledge and inspiration for everyone,” said Pelton.

All $50.00 tickets will include a signed copy of the book. There will be a cocktail reception following the on-stage conversation for all ticketed guests.

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