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Clinton’s ‘Smart Power’ Strategy

by Joanna Klonsky
January 13, 2009

At her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton said the United States should “pursue a strategy of smart power in the Middle East,” and should not “give up on peace” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In her opening statement Tuesday, Clinton:

  • Emphasized the U.S. commitment to nuclear nonproliferation. She said the United States would work with Russia to forge agreements for more reductions in nuclear weapons, and to take both country’s missiles off hair-trigger alert. She also pledged to work with the Senate to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and to restart negotiations on a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty.
  • Said the United States would strengthen alliances “that have stood the test of
    time,” including NATO and ASEAN.
  • Stressed a commitment to human rights, especially for women and children. “We still have a long way to go and the United States must remain an unambiguous and unequivocal voice in support of women’s rights in every country, every region, on every continent,” Clinton said.
  • Said the United States would press Iran and Syria to become “constructive” actors in their region. With regard to Iran, Clinton asserted, “we are not taking any option off the table at all.”

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