Secretary Clinton was a surprise speaker at the TEDWomen conference in D.C. yesterday. I haven't seen a transcript of her talk yet, but according to the @TEDWomen Twitter feed she said, "Give women equal rights, and an entire nation is more stable, more secure." Here are a couple of other Clinton-related tweets from @TEDWomen:
- Hillary Clinton: Women's issues are a vital interest of the US. It is a security issue, a prosperity issue, a peace issue
- In reviewing a key US defense & diplomacy policy, Hillary Clinton made sure women were represented throughout
Update, Dec. 14, 2010, 5:31 p.m.: Click here for an amusing anecdote Clinton told about how a cow can change a girl's life.
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Activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) donned cow and chicken costumes yesterday to greet nearly vegetarian Bill Clinton when he was in Manila, Philippines, to give a speech titled, "Embracing Our Common Humanity." The brown cow held a sign urging people to "Be Like Bill: Grill Veggies, Not Meat," and the yellow chicken bore a sign declaring, "Chicks Love Slim Vegan Bill."
"Bill Clinton is promoting healthy living, and we commend him for leading by example," a PETA leader told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. (The former U.S. president lost 24 pounds for daughter Chelsea's July 31 wedding by adopting a plant-based diet.)
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Yesterday and today, Secretary Clinton attended the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Tallinn, Estonia (the volanic ash cloud from Eyjafjallajokull doesn't seem to have stopped her). Among the topics of discussion: nuclear weapons, Afghanistan, Iran, the Eastern bloc countries, and relations with Russia. Remarks Clinton made today about the meeting are here.
The meeting comes at a time when NATO's very purpose is being debated. The alliance was established to protect against the Soviet threat, but with the fall of communism, what's its purpose now? In fact, the United States should just withdraw from NATO, argues Andrew Bacevich in his recent FP article, "Let Europe Be Europe."
Above, it's woman power with Britain's permanent representative to NATO, Mariot Leslie, at left, Clinton, and an unidentified woman (who I should probably know, but don't) at right on April 22.
The NATO foreign ministers meeting is under way on April 22. Clinton is on the left, in purple.
What's up? Clinton chats with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet on April 22. (Oops, her second button has come undone, but no big deal -- Clinton has more important things to worry about.) Clinton made these remarks with Paet. After her meeting with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on April 23, she made these remarks.
The meeting participants prepare for a "family photo" on April 22.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, center, speaks with Clinton and Paet after the "family photo."
Clinton listens intently to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis at the beginning of the meeting with non-NATO ISAF contributors on April 23. NATO foreign ministers worked on a plan for international troops and civilian staff in Afghanistan to hand over responsibility to the Afghan military and government.
Clinton is probably glad to be back home in the United States now, as she told Esquire magazine that traveling internationally "wears you out." Still, we know that Clinton has far more stamina and resilience than the typical person -- she bounced back so fast from her broken elbow last year.
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Here are a couple of photos from the U.S. State Department's website of Secretary Clinton's meeting with the Dalai Lama last Thursday, Feb. 18. China expressed its disagreement with the meeting, saying it was U.S. interference in the country's internal domestic affairs. At Friday's press briefing, Assistant Secretary Philip Crowley said, "I think on this issue, obviously, we just agree to disagree on this subject."
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What a crazy week it was for Secretary Clinton last week. She was supposed to complete a Pacific trip that included Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia -- a trip that was supposed to have ended today. Instead, she ended up having to cut her trip short in Hawaii and return to Washington to deal with relief for Haiti in the aftermath of its devastating earthquake. Here, though, is a photo summary of her interrupted trip.
Above, Clinton steps out of her vehicle before boarding her plane on Jan. 11 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Heading to the Pacific, Haiti was probably far from her mind.
With a lei around her neck, Clinton chats with base personnel on Jan. 11 after arriving at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu.
Clinton greets Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada as he arrives for a bilateral meeting at a hotel in Honolulu on Jan. 12.
Clinton, with a fruity-looking beverage, sits across from Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada during their bilateral meeting.
Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada speaks during a joint news conference with Clinton following their meeting. They made these remarks.
Clinton visits the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu on Jan. 12. The memorial marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 men killed on the USS Arizona when Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Clinton lays a wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial and quietly reflects on those who perished during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Clinton greets Pearl Harbor survivors at the USS Arizona Memorial.
Clinton speaks on the U.S. vision for Asia-Pacific multilateral engagement at the East-West Center in Honolulu on Jan. 12. Before beginning her speech, she made these remarks about the earthquake in Haiti. The full text of her speech is here.
In Honolulu on Jan. 13, a very concerned Clinton speaks on a cell phone in a hotel lobby before briefing reporters on the earthquake in Haiti. She was on the phone all morning long.
Clinton speaks about the Haitian earthquake during a news conference at U.S. Pacific Command on Jan. 13 in Honolulu. Clinton announced that she was canceling the rest of her Pacific trip and returning to Washington that afternoon.
After leaving warm Hawaii for chilly Washington, Clinton alights from her plane upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland early in the morning on Jan. 14.
At the White House on Jan. 14, President Barack Obama speaks about relief efforts in Haiti while surrounded by, from left, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary Clinton, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
Images, top to bottom: First 10 by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images, last photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images
This is weird, but the New Zealand Herald has an online photo caption competition for a photo of Secretary Clinton at her swearing-in ceremony last year. She's on the verge of shaking hands with Vice President Biden in a photo similar to the one above. I'm not sure why the Herald selected an old photo of Clinton. Perhaps it's because she's traveling to New Zealand later this month?
Anyway, if you're the creative and humorous type, have a go at it. The best caption gets published in the print edition of the Herald.
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It looks cold and rainy in Berlin right now, but Clinton is there in full force:
Clinton delivers a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate during celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (left), French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, German President Horst Köhler, Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend celebrations near the Brandenburg Gate for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Approximately 1,000 giant foam dominoes, painted by children and artists from around the world, are meant to symbolically represent the fall of communism across Eastern Europe and are the highlight of the celebrations.
Photos, top to bottom: WOLFGANG RATTAY/AFP/Getty Images, Hennig Schacht-Pool/Getty Images, MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images
A couple of photos from the Clinton Global Initiative meeting today:
Secretary Clinton delivers her address.
Clinton and daughter Chelsea look on, sharing some quality mother-daughter time.
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This morning, Secretary Clinton rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange with NYSE chief, Duncan L. Niederauer. She was in the Big Apple to attend the U.N. General Assembly session.
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Chairman of Indian conglomerate TATA group, Ratan Tata, left, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, right, share a light moment during a meeting with Indian business leaders in Mumbai on July 18. Clinton arrived in India hoping to deepen strategic ties with an emerging player on the world stage in security, trade, arms control, and climate change. Clinton also paid tribute to the nearly 200 people who died in last November's terrorist siege of Mumbai.
While wearing a thread necklace, Clinton claps to a song sung by volunteers of the NGO Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) during a visit to its premises in Mumbai on July 18. She first came into contact with the association of women artisans in 1995, when she was first lady. She said, "It is absolutely undeniable that the progress of women is directly linked to the progress of any country. The more women have the rights, education, employment opportunities, access to credit, role in decision making in family and community, the more development will take place."
The artisans presented her a handmade multicolored quilt. Clinton bought a jacket and scarf for Chelsea and an orange blouse dyed with pomegranate for herself.
Clinton, watched by Indian TV journalist Arnab Goswami, left, and Indian Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, gestures during an interactive education discussion in Mumbai on July 18.
Clinton waves to the media as Indian Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar (in white) looks on during a visit to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi on July 19. Clinton arrived in the Indian capital hoping to narrow a wide gap with her hosts on fighting climate change.
A garlanded Clinton shakes hands with Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh upon her arrival at the ITC Green Centre Building in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi, on July 19. A friendly as things look in this photo, discussions between two became heated later on.
Clinton ended the day at the Delhi Haat artisans bazaar, where she bought a few handicraft pieces. She ate dinner at the Maurya Sheraton hotel's Bukhara restaurant. Husband Bill and daughter Chelsea dined there in 2000, and the restaurant has two items named after them: the vegetarian Chelsea Platter, featuring the foods Chelsea liked, and the nonvegetarian Presidential Platter, featuring items that Bill ordered.
Clinton said the next day, "I have long been an admirer of India. … I feel very much at home here. I eat way too much of the food at every chance I get. I have to go on a diet when I get back home -- back to carrots and celery."
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gestures while talking with Clinton in New Delhi on July 20. Clinton hoped to seal a defense pact boosting U.S. arms sales to India in talks that should also see agreement on the siting of two U.S.-built nuclear reactors.
She also held a question-and-answer session with university students in New Delhi. She said the entertainment industry can distort how people in one country view those in another, saying to a laughing audience, "If Hollywood and Bollywood were how we all lived our lives, that would surprise me. … And yet it's often the way our cultures are conveyed, isn't it? … People watching a Bollywood movie in some other part of Asia think everybody in India is beautiful and they have dramatic lives and happy endings. And if you were to watch American TV and our movies you'd think that we don't wear clothes and we spend all our time fighting with each other."
Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi shakes hands with Clinton at a meeting in New Delhi on July 20. Gandhi is the widow of assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and daughter-in-law of the late Indira Gandhi, India's first woman prime minister.
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Just for fun, here's how Hillary Rodham Clinton looked exactly 40 years ago (when she was then just Hillary Rodham) compared with how she looks today:
Left: Class leader Hillary Rodham of Wellesley College, on June 11, 1969, talks about student protests, which she supported in her commencement speech.
Right: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turns to leave following a photo opportunity on June 11, 2009, after a bilateral meeting with Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Washington.
Photos, left to right: Thumbnail (Lee Balterman/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images), KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images
I've been swamped today, getting the July/August issue of FP finished and out the door. Due to lack of time, I'm just posting some photos of a barefoot, scarved Secretary Clinton touring Cairo's Sultan Hassan Mosque. There's also a video of the mosque tour at the bottom of this post. Nothing else for today.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama tour the Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo on June 4. Clinton walked around the mosque, one of the largest in the Islamic world, with Obama.
The Sultan Hassan Mosque is a medieval mosque in the heart of old Cairo.
Clinton and Obama listen to an explanation by an Egyptian-American art historian as they tour the Sultan Hassan Mosque.
Clinton and Obama listen to more explanation from the art historian.
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Secretary Clinton arrived in El Salvador yesterday to attend today's inauguration of Mauricio Funes as president. Funes's election is significant because he is from a party of former Marxist guerrillas who had fought against U.S.-backed conservative governments until a 1992 peace agreement. (More background about the election is in the FP article "El Salvador's Revolution by Majority.")
Clinton wrote in a Miami Herald op-ed today:
The inauguration of a new president in El Salvador today is a testament to the strength and durability of democracy throughout the Americas. Since Mauricio Funes' election earlier this year, we have witnessed a peaceful transfer of power between two formerly warring parties.
Below is a photo summary of Clinton's visit so far:
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives military honors upon arrival at El Salvador International Airport on May 31.
Clinton receives a gift from Salvadoran children in traditional dress upon disembarking from the airplane.
Clinton laughs as she participates in the "Pathways to Prosperity" meeting next to Ruben Morales, Guatemalan vice minister of economy, on May 31.
Clinton participates in a meeting with members of the Vital Voices Global Partnership at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in San Salvador on May 31.
Clinton poses for a photo with members of the Vital Voices Global Partnership after their May 31 meeting.
New Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes, left, takes the oath of office before the president of the legislature, Ciro Cruz, right, during his inauguration in San Salvador on June 1, while new first lady Vanda Pignato and former President Elías Antonio Saca, far left, and look on.
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Secretary Clinton and President Obama decided to take things outside -- quite literally -- last Thursday, April 9. The two held their 4:15 p.m. meeting outdoors at a picnic table next to the Obama daughters' swing set, installed in March. The full-size image of the encounter is over at The Root.
Meanwhile, though it's not foreign-policy-related at all, I couldn't resist posting a photo of Malia and Sasha's swing set, with picnic table at left, seen here March 4.
Photos, top to bottom: thumbnail image from Dayo Olopade/ TheRoot.com, Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images
Here's a photo summary of Secretary Clinton at this weekend's 60th-anniversary NATO summit in Strasbourg, France, and the German cities of Baden-Baden and Kehl:
Check out those shades! U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her German counterpart, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, greet one another in Baden-Baden at the start of the NATO summit on April 3.
Pink power: Clinton talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after U.S. President Barack Obama and Merkel reviewed a guard of honor upon Obama's arrival for bilateral talks on April 3 in Baden-Baden.
She's earned her stripes: Clinton arrives at the opening of the NATO summit at the Kurhaus on April 3 in Baden-Baden. Heads of state, foreign ministers, and defense ministers of the 28 NATO member countries participated in the summit from April 3 to 4 to mark the 60th anniversary of the transatlantic military and political organization.
Clinton attends the opening of the NATO summit at the Kurhaus on April 3 in Baden-Baden.
Clinton and Obama appear to be sharing an inside joke while attending the North Atlantic Council meeting on April 4 in Strasbourg during the NATO summit. Next to them are British Foreign Minister David Miliband (far left) and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Clinton and Obama speak during a meeting at the NATO summit on April 4 in Strasbourg.
NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer intently listens to Clinton at the North Atlantic Council meeting on April 4.
This photo isn't from the NATO summit, but I threw it in because it's from Clinton's European visit: European foreign ministers pose with Clinton for a group picture on April 5 during the EU-U.S. summit in Prague, Czech Republic.
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As promised, here is a photo summary of Secretary Clinton's visit so far to Mexico:
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the presidential hangar in Mexico City on March 25.
Clinton shakes hands with Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Patricia Espinosa after a press conference in Mexico City on March 25. Clinton was in Mexico for a two-day visit.
At the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City on March 25, Clinton listens intently to Telmo Jiménez during a meeting with indigenous students who got scholarships to the United States.
At the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City on March 25, Clinton poses for photographers with Mexican indigenous students who were given scholarships to the United States.
Clinton listens to explanations from the rector of the Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe, Diego Monroy, during a visit to the basilica in Mexico City on March 26.
Clinton listens to the federal Public Security Secretary Genaro García Luna during a visit to the command center of the Mexican Federal Police in Mexico City on March 26.
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By the way, Secretary Clinton's husband has been on huge display in Pristina, Kosovo, recently:
A man in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, on March 24 displays a giant banner of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Kosovo marked a decade since NATO launched an air campaign against Serbia. Former President Bill Clinton backed the NATO air campaign that drove Serbian forces out of Kosovo in 1999.
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A photo summary of Secretary Clinton's trip to the Middle East and Europe last week:
Egypt: Clinton speaks with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal prior to the international donors' conference on Gaza in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on March 2. Clinton said that aid to rebuild war-battered Gaza cannot be separated from the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Israel: Clinton lays a wreath in memory of Jews who died during the Holocaust during her March 3 visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial's Hall of Remembrance in Jerusalem.
Palestinian territories: Clinton talks with Palestinian students at the English Access Microscholarship Program on March 4 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The U.S. State Department has been funding the two-year program for disadvantaged Palestinian youth for the past five years. The program teaches adolescents English skills and gives them an understanding of American culture and democratic values.
Belgium: Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, left, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, and Clinton dine at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on March 4. The following day, Clinton attended an informal meeting of foreign ministers from NATO countries.
Switzerland: Clinton gives Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov a "reset button" on March 6, 2009, in Geneva. The gag gift was in reference to U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden's comment that the United States and Russia need to "press the reset button" on their relationship. Unfortunately, the gift was "lost in translation," the New York Times reported.
Turkey: On March 7 in Ankara, Clinton sips tea on Turkish TV talk show Come and Join Us, which is similar to the U.S. show The View, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Turks strongly opposed the Iraq war, and in 2003 Turkey refused to open a northern front to Iraq from its territory for U.S.-led forces, leading to a chill in relations between Ankara and Washington.
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