Actress, director, United Nations Ambassador, mother of six, wife to Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie is considering adding another title to her resume, elected official. Jolie told the British news station ITV News on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 that she is considering going into politics. Jolie was in the United Kingdom to promote her new film Unbroken and attend its premiere in the country.
Speaking in the interview given by Julie Etchingham, who anchors the news at Ten, Jolie revealed that politics might be the next step in her humanitarian work. “I’ve always gone where I thought I was needed and when I was working with the UN I was working in the field. I felt I was needed in the field. Then I realized I was only so useful in the field because then somebody had to go to Washington and plead the case, so then I would do that. I don’t know what that means or where that will lead me.” She explicitly expressed that she is considering making the job when the interviewer asked “So politics is a possibility for you?” Jolie responded; “If I felt I could really make a difference, yes.”
Jolie expressed that there are problems with international leadership, explaining her position, “We have overall a failing of international leadership when we have 51 million people displaced from conflict, more people displaced than since after World War II, when we have completely open-ended conflicts, when we have crises like Syria.”
Jolie criticized in general the problems with world governments, something the leaders fail to admit; “We seem to be completely unable to handle it and make ground and help all of the people who are starving and dying at the moment – I think clearly if you look around the world you can say that we simply are not doing enough. When something happens our ability to respond and our ability to deal with it is far too little and far too late.”
Although she gave a blanket criticism on the leadership of international heads of state, Jolie refused to criticize President Barack Obama. When asked about his Syria policy, she responded; “I’m not here to criticize or pass judgment on a particular leader, including my own President, but I will say that we have overall a failing of international leadership when we have 51 million people displaced from conflict.”
When asked to weigh-in about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s position run for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Jolie expressed her reservations, stating, “I think just because she’s a woman you shouldn’t assume she’s the best voice for women but just like every other voter, I will watch to see what the platform is.’
In the last fourteen years, Jolie has amassed an impressive resume, which would definitely qualify her for political office. Since 2001, the Academy Award winner Jolie has dedicated much of her time as a Special Envoy and as a former Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) focusing on the plights of children and refugees and making trips to over 30 countries where there are refugees displaced by war. She has paid particular attention to the countries where her adopted children were born, Cambodia and Ethiopia, she has built a health care and schools in those countries and also in Afghanistan.
Jolie has regularly advocated to members of Congress to pass legislation to aid child refugees, and children in vulnerable circumstances and to stop sexual violence in war zones. Jolie has been involved with the Clinton Global Initiative, co-chairing the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, and she has also been involved in the Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and spoke to the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting and the UN Security Council. More recently, her advocacy work has emphasized ending sexual violence in war torn countries and regions. Jolie has received numerous awards for her humanitarian work, including an honorary damehood from Queen Elizabeth II.
Bonnie K. Goodman is the Editor of the Academic Buzz Network, a series of political, academic & education blogs which includes History Musings: History, News & Politics. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies, both from McGill University, and has done graduate work in Jewish history at Concordia University as part of the MA in Judaic Studies program. She covers US, Canadian & Israeli politics, with a particular focus on the Obama presidency, Congress, domestic policy, and elections.