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When the Arab Spring spread to Libya, President Sarkozy was the world leader most vocally in favor of an international initiative to assist the rebels.  By the time Hillary opens this chapter at the March 2011  G-8 meeting in Paris (now G-7 since the ouster of Russia after the invasion of Crimea), she had already […]

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“They’re sitting on a powder keg.”  Hillary begins this chapter in January 2011 as she prepped to speak at Forum for the Future, an annual meeting where the rich and powerful of the Arab world convene.  In Morocco in November 2009, early in her tenure at the State Department, but already having set signature issues […]

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The chapter begins with Hillary explaining briefly the history of the Palestinian flag, its symbolism, and her impression upon finding it flying beside the Israeli flag at the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when she arrived for a close, tight, tiny meeting in September 2010.  Only  Mahmoud Abbas, Hillary, George Mitchell, and Netanyahu […]

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Hillary Clinton describes the Obama Administration’s Africa policy in typical Hillary fashion as resting on four pillars. Promoting opportunity and development, Spurring economic growth, trade, and investment, Advancing peace and security, Strengthening democratic institutions. China, as we know, is  heavily invested in Africa.  Her description of that relationship as one of exploitation of natural resources […]

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Beginning with a brief history of U.S. Latin American policy from the Cold War to the current administration, Hillary A.  Cites Clinton administration initiatives: The first Summit of the Americas in 1994, The successful anti-narcotrafficking and anti-guerrilla Plan Colombia, The restoration of the democratically elected Bertrand Aristede to his post in Haiti; B. Credits the […]

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Speaking of Vladimir Putin Hillary says “hard men represent hard choices” and goes on to provide her analysis of him and how who he is informs his particular choices.  She says he views geopolitics as a zero-sum game where if someone is winning someone else has to be losing. Her recommended strategy for managing a […]

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Hillary harks back to her Girl Scout days and a song many of us can remember having sung in rounds: “Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver and the other gold.” Reminding us that in the days following 9/11 NATO invoked Article V of the Washington Treaty, an attack on one is […]

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Hillary begins this chapter by recalling this historic moment in a room across from the Situation Room in the White House as Navy Seals stealthily entered that now famous compound in Abbottabad,  Pakistan.   Seen below with then-Governor Pataki and New York City Mayor Guiliani on September 12, 2001,  she retraces the air route from […]

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The chapter title is homage to Richard Holbrooke whose book by that title recounted his negotiations to end hostilities in the Balkans, also his objective in his oversight of the Af-Pak region.  Explaining that insurgencies rarely end with the surrender of a side but rather as a result of persistent diplomacy, Hillary states that from […]

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When I posted this in November 2009 at the tail end of Hillary’s busy tour of Asia that month,  everyone was surprised.  Security was so high that the visit was not announced until she was safely on the ground. Breaking News…Hillary Wheels Down in Afghanistan November 18, 2009 by still4hill There was this 4-column spread photo […]

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