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Clinton to raise her profile with speech next week

In foreign policy, Global News, healing, India, Iran, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Politics, Russia, United States on July 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

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Although the speech will address many foreign-policy issues, it is also meant to raise Clinton’s profile and prove that she is loyal to President Obama, her rival during last year’s Democratic primary. Clinton has a tricky balancing act: She must be loyal to Obama’s vision while also making the secretary-of-state job her own and giving it her own personal touch.

from Rozen’s article:

•** Hillary’s hard cast has been removed, and she’s in physical therapy six days a week for the next six to eight weeks. (It really must have been quite a fall. I’m assuming she is fortunate enough to have health insurance that covers all those sessions.)

•** White House aides have nixed plans to hire Sidney Blumenthal — a longtime advisor to Bill Clinton — as a State Department consultant and speechwriter. Secretary Clinton had sought to hire him to raise her profile.

Clinton, Nursing Injured Elbow, Hails Foreign Policy Progress at Six-Month Mark

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently has been absent on the world stage due in large part to her broken elbow. But she says the administration is making strides in foreign policy…

The broken elbow that has kept Secretary of State Hillary Clinton off the world stage for several weeks did not prevent her from addressing her department employees and interns Friday, as she began to mark her first six months on the job.

Clinton has not been accompanying the president on trips out of the country nearly as much as her predecessors did. When President Obama returns this weekend from his current trip to Russia, Italy and Ghana, he will have visited a total of nine countries without his secretary of state in their less than six months in office.

But aides dismiss suggestions that Obama and Clinton are growing apart. Indeed, on Friday Clinton hailed the foreign policy progress she and the president have made, saying the administration is patching up “strained alliances” and striving to influence “adversaries” to change their behavior. Making sure to throw in a couple cracks about her injury, Clinton forecast tough challenges ahead but said the administration is making strides.

“We’ve been on this job for almost half a year. We’ve been working hard and some of us have the scars to prove it,” Clinton, her arm still in a sling, said to laughter. “I have not been throwing sharp elbows,” she joked. “We are seeing encouraging results from all of our efforts, including my physical therapy.”

The secretary of state plans to make what is being called a major policy speech next week at the Council on Foreign Relations to mark, more officially, her first six months in office. She seemed to give a preview Friday, crediting the administration with making strides toward restoring ties with countries around the world.

“We are repairing strained alliances. We’re cultivating new partnerships. We’re working to engage and change the behavior of adversaries. And we are prioritizing development along with diplomacy as part of our global agenda,” she said.

The administration is grappling with a host of international challenges, not all of which look any closer to being resolved. Speaking from Italy, Obama on Friday continued to condemn the Iranian crackdown on pro-reform demonstrators in the wake of the country’s disputed elections. The breakdown in the wake of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election has imperiled U.S. hopes of restoring ties with the Islamic regime. North Korea also continues to defy international warnings by conducting repeated missile tests.

And the administration was recently caught in a difficult spot, having to stick up for leftist Honduran President Manuel Zelaya after he was ousted from office.

But Obama seemed to make some progress toward resetting relations with Russia during his talks this week with President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow.

Clinton did not go on that trip, but officials said she would have, if not for her broken elbow. It’s unclear whether Clinton will accompany the globe-trotting Obama more in the latter half of the year. Clinton has met up with Obama in Europe, Trinidad and Tobago and Egypt this year, but the president has gone without her to a slew of countries.

Like her predecessors, Clinton has kept a vigorous international schedule of her own. She’s visited Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Central America, as well as Canada and Mexico, on her own time. Clinton plans to head to India on a separate trip next week, after her policy address.

Clinton said Friday that the Obama administration is facing very high expectations on the world stage. “It may not be fair, but that’s kind of the way it is,” she said, noting that foreign leaders have made “very aggressive demands on our country.”

Clinton took a shot at former President George W. Bush, saying at least one foreign leader told her that the reason they didn’t make such demands over the last eight years was because, “We knew we would never get a response.” Clinton added: “We don’t have the luxury of being bystanders.” Clinton said that the department has had to work “overtime” to deal with what she called an “unprecedented set of challenges” on the world stage. “We don’t have the luxury of deciding which issues to deal with,” she said. “We need to work better, work smarter and work together with more partners in and beyond our government.”

Clinton also announced she would be instituting a new review process within the State Department to assess the agency’s needs and progress every four years.
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Remarks with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov.

In foreign policy, Global News, Russia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United States on May 8, 2009 at 10:23 am

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Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov After Their Meeting.
Russia says it’s ready to move forward on NATO ties..

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s envoy to NATO said on Friday Moscow was ready to go ahead with restoring ties with the alliance despite tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats and controversial military exercises in Georgia.

Dmitry Rogozin suggested the expulsions of two Russians from Brussels and two alliance officials from Moscow, along with the NATO exercises, could be part of a plot to sabotage U.S. President Barack Obama’s policy of improving relations.

“It is time to put a full stop in this story and restore relations as soon as possible,” Rogozin said from Brussels during a video link with Moscow journalists. “We will go ahead with restoring relations.”

The Western alliance froze contacts with Moscow over Russia’s five-day war with Georgia last year and resumed formal talks on April 29, the day NATO informed Moscow it was expelling two Russian diplomats.

The row killed a plan to hold the first ministerial meeting between Moscow and the alliance this month. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov decided against going to Brussels.

Rogozin said Lavrov’s decision to stay away was not fatal for relations with NATO.

“We do not think NATO is lost for us as partner,” he said.

Lavrov met Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on Thursday. Obama is expected to make his first visit to Russia in July.

Lavrov said after the talks that “artificial obstacles” in the work of Russia and NATO should be removed and business resume as soon as possible.

“We have never said there will be no ministerial meeting,” Rogozin said. “We were talking about our desire to postpone it until a more suitable time.”

“If Lavrov returns from Washington with success — and I have no doubts in this — we will agree on restoring ambassadorial meetings … and set a new date for the ministerial meeting.”

Rogozin blamed the latest problems in Russia’s relations with NATO on forces in the alliance hostile to Russia, pointing a finger at new Eastern European members, former Soviet satellites in the Warsaw Pact.

“We have wonderful relations with some NATO members,” he said. “But there are those who are afraid of getting lost in the Euro-Atlantic structures and seek to remind the world about themselves at any opportunity.”

Unnamed Bush-era officials were also responsible, he added.

“A new team is now being formed in the United States … and there are still people appointed by the old administration,” he said. “We admit a possibility that what we see is a plot against Obama in the Euro-Atlantic camp.”

Clinton vows to bring Russia back in from the Nato cold…

In economy, foreign policy, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Moscow, Politics, Putin, Russia, Smart Power, United States on March 6, 2009 at 7:06 am

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton talks after a Nato foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton talks after a Nato foreign ministers meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton talks after a Nato foreign ministers meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The Obama administration moved today to resume high-level relations with Moscow when Hillary Clinton led a western push to revive contacts between Russia and Nato.

Making her European debut as secretary of state, Clinton told a meeting of Nato foreign ministers that Washington wanted “a fresh start” in relations with Moscow. She will have her first official negotiations with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Geneva tomorrow.

“I don’t think you punish Russia by stopping conversation with them,” she said, adding that there could be benefits to the better relationship. “We not only can but must co-operate with Russia.”

But she added: “We pursue it with our eyes wide open.”

The meeting in Brussels agreed to reinstate the work of the Nato-Russia council, a consultative body that was frozen last year in protest at Moscow’s invasion and partition of Georgia.

The allies agreed that Russian and Nato defence and foreign ministers should resume meetings as soon as possible after Nato’s 60th birthday summit in France and Germany next month.

Diplomats said the accord and the talks in Geneva tomorrow could pave the way for the Obama administration to press ahead with a common agenda with Russia which would entail talks on nuclear arms control and on Russian co-operation with US policy on Afghanistan and Iran.
The new White House team are clearly hoping to bypass the prime minister and former president, Vladimir Putin, and focus its diplomacy on President Dmitry Medvedev.

For any big shifts in the Russian-American relationship, Moscow would insist on the shelving of the Pentagon’s missile shield project in Poland and the Czech Republic and a freeze in the prospects for Ukraine and Georgia joining Nato.

The US and Germany tabled a joint proposal for yesterday’s Nato meeting, leaving the contentious issue of Ukraine’s and Georgia’s membership chances open and urging greater co-operation with Russia “as equal partners in areas of common interest”. It went on: “These include: Afghanistan, counter-terrorism, counter-piracy, counter-narcotics, non-proliferation, arms control and other issues.”

Despite the resumption of dialogue with Moscow, ministers stressed that western leaders would use the Nato-Russia vehicle to speak frankly.

“We want to engage with Russia, to state very clearly the areas where there are common interests and those areas of disagreement,” said the foreign secretary, David Miliband, whose speeches last year following the Georgia war were highly critical of Moscow.

“Russia is a global player. Not talking to them is not an option,” said Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the Nato secretary-general.

In the first big foreign policy speech from the Obama administration, in Munich last month, the vice-president, Joe Biden, said the White House wanted to “press the reset button” in relations with Moscow after years of dangerous drift.

Yesterday’s agreement represented a first step in the policy shift. The talks in Geneva will then prepare the ground for the first meeting between Obama and Medvedev in London at the beginning of next month.

The agreement today was held up for several hours by Lithuania, which strongly opposed the resumption of dialogue with the Kremlin.

France and Germany, keen to develop close links with Moscow, threatened in turn to cancel scheduled meetings last night between Nato and Ukraine and Georgia if “the opening with Russia” was not given a green light, diplomats said.

“We had a vigorous discussion on Russia,” said Clinton. “I thought it was absolutely invigorating.”

Clinton Assures Europe of Ties Before Mending inks With Russia

Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, left center, shares a word with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, second right, during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday March 5, 2009. Relations with Russia and Afghanistan will be the key items on the agenda. (AP Photo/Francois Lenoir, Pool) (Francois Lenoir - AP)

Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, left center, shares a word with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, second right, during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday March 5, 2009. Relations with Russia and Afghanistan will be the key items on the agenda. (AP Photo/Francois Lenoir, Pool) (Francois Lenoir - AP)

March 6 (Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to reassure Europeans that U.S. overtures to Russia won’t weaken trans-Atlantic links, as she spoke in Brussels before heading to a meeting with her Russian counterpart.

“Our engagement with Russia in no way undermines our support for countries like Georgia or the Baltics or the Balkans or anywhere else in Europe,” Clinton told aspiring leaders in a town hall-style forum at the European Parliament today that was also Web cast to 31 countries. Those nations have a right “to be independent, free, make their own decisions and chart their own course without undue interference from Russia.”

The exchange was part of Clinton’s drive to connect U.S. diplomacy with the next generation and improve America’s image abroad during her first round of foreign visits. She’ll meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov later today in Geneva, where she plans to pursue the Obama administration’s determination to solidify partnerships on key issues, even with occasional adversaries.

On this week’s swing through the Middle East and Europe, Clinton, 61, has met with young people or women’s groups at almost every stop.


Bill and Vlad meeting in Davos!

In Bill Clinton, economy, foreign policy, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, Russia, Secretary of State, Wordpress Political Blog on January 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Finally, there’s some HOPE in the World!- The Clintons go about building bridges with countries formerly insulted and snubbed by the Bush Administration!


clinton-putin-largeIt’s about damn time this country started making progress rather than the disfunctionality of a country caught in a turn of the century time warp.

Former president, Bill Clinton attending the World Economic Forum this week embraced the occasion for private talks with former president, Vladimir Putin. Apparently, President Clinton’s status works hand in glove in an atmosphere of friendship where he “will continue to be an active figure on the international stage.”

President Clinton’s arrival in Davos was well received by foreign leaders resulting in an intense late night discussion with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The two met at a Sheraton Hotel where Putin reciprocated holding a private party after an early evening reception at a local museum hosted by President Clinton.

After the two men met privately behind closed doors for 90 minutes, walking out together, they greeted party goers and stood for remembrances of their meeting. Clinton quipped at Putin’s remarks implying his supporting free markets. Joking, “I hope it works for him.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with Secretary of State Clinton prior to the April G-20 Summit, when Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will have their own face-to-face.