Condoleezza Rice is headed back to Stanford, ready for a new challenge and harboring no obvious regrets. "I'm an educator who took a detour," she tells Washington Post op-ed columnist David Ignatius, who hears echoes of Dean Rusk, LBJ's embattled secretary of state. "I have no desire to be shadow secretary of state."
Next up for Rice will be two books. One is about foreign policy, and the other celebrates subjects dear to her heart: her parents, "education evangelists" at the height of the civil rights struggle in Alabama. "They believed in the transforming power of education," a legacy she hopes to carry on and explore in the context of her foreign-policy background: "If we aren't capable of equipping students for the 21st century, we will turn inward."