Secretary Clinton helped restore America’s leadership and stature in the world during a time of global challenges and transitions. Secretary Clinton worked relentlessly to renew American diplomacy and develop partnerships by flying nearly a million miles for hundreds of talks with foreign leaders in 112 countries. As America’s senior diplomat, Secretary Clinton understood the significance of engaging the public and took diplomacy directly to people throughout the world. Just as she was as a senator, Secretary Clinton was a workhorse, often taking on difficult topics and confronting them personally across the world.
Secretary Clinton forged and maintained a coalition to enact the strongest sanctions in Iran’s history. Secretary Clinton helped impose the strongest sanctions in Iran’s history by getting Russia and China on board. Clinton “certainly went out all the stops to get Russia and particularly China…on board.” For the first time since President Obama took office, “Hillary Clinton ramped up sanctions that actually pushed the Iranians come to the table.”
The New START Treaty with Russia was a major accomplishment for Secretary Clinton. Secretary Clinton had an active role in achieving a missile limitation agreement with Russia, trying to drive it through the Senate and winning more than the requisite two-thirds majority. She signed the deal with her Russian counterpart in Munich. Because of the treaty’s passage, the number of nuclear missile launchers will be reduced. To put it another way, the globe is a safer place.
The raid that brought Osama bin Laden to justice was backed by Secretary Clinton. Pentagon chief Robert Gates proposed an airstrike with no troops on the ground, according to Brian Williams of NBC. Both CIA Director Panetta and Secretary of State Clinton endorsed a Special Forces raid.”
By brokering an end to hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, Secretary Clinton prevented a full-scale conflict. After eight days of fighting, Secretary Clinton and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi agreed to a ceasefire in Gaza. Politico said that “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got a Gaza cease-fire right at the time hope appeared dead for a speedy halt to the fighting,” in an article headed “Hillary Clinton achieves Gaza cease fire success.”
Clinton played an important part in ending one war and helping to arrange the conclusion of another. With the agreement of all NATO members to set up a post-withdrawal assistance plan, Secretary Clinton worked closely with colleagues in the Department of Defense and was a member of President Obama’s national security team. “It’s all a result of the wonderful job that Hillary and her staff performed, and the State Department did in concert with our national security team,” President Obama told CBS’ 60 Minutes in 2009.
The “pivot to Asia” strategy of the United States relied heavily on Secretary Clinton. “The ‘pivot’ to East Asia will undoubtedly be Obama’s most lasting geopolitical triumph… [but] it is Clinton’s also,” writes Martin Indyk of the Brookings Institute in Foreign Policy. At the key moment of July 2010, she arrived in Vietnam to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the region after months of hard work, building connections, and developing the complicated architecture of a new strategy. In opening Burma, which had not been visited by a Secretary of State in more than half a century, Secretary Clinton received high accolades.
In order to remove Qadhafi and put an end to the bloodshed in Libya, Secretary Clinton worked hard to establish a coalition. “U.S. officials and key allies are presenting a thorough new defence of the policy and Clinton’s important role, both inside a divided Cabinet and a fragile, assembled-on-the-fly international alliance,” according to the Washington Post after NATO operations in Libya ended. An impression is painted by the many reports that Clinton used her political pragmatism and persistence to mediate disputes among NATO allies, obtain key support from Arab countries, and educate rebels on the finer points of message management.
Secretary Clinton used economic diplomacy in her role as secretary of state. Three new free trade agreements (Colombia, Panama, and South Korea) and 15 Open Skies accords, notably with Japan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Israel, emerged from Secretary Clinton’s focus on economic engagement.
The State Department was brought into the twenty-first century under the leadership of Secretary Clinton. The Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) was established by Secretary Clinton to tackle Al-expanding Qaeda’s internet influence. As a result, she helped establish the Bureau of Energy Resources to secure our nation’s energy infrastructure and influence other countries’ transitions to greener fuels.
The cause of women’s rights was taken to new heights under the leadership of Secretary Clinton. Women’s rights were a top priority for Secretary Clinton when it came to foreign affairs. According to Newsweek, “her impact has been most deep” on the “hardships faced by women and girls around the world.” A new position was created at the State Department: Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, which was approved by the White House. Clinton and Ambassador-at-Large Verveer have campaigned to liberalise perspectives on women’s role in the economy, girls’ schooling, women’s health, challenges deriving from war and conflict, and many other concerns around the world,” according to Newsweek.