Foreign Conflicts

Hillary Clinton’s Boomerang

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Hillary Clinton has shaped U.S. foreign policy during her tenure as state secretary.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Hillary Clinton’s bid to become U.S. president could be affected by her decisions as secretary of state in President Barack Obama’s first administration.

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    Facts

    • Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
    • Ongoing conflicts and the growth of terror groups in places such as Syria, Ukraine and Nigeria will be a challenge for the next U.S. president.
    • Mrs. Clinton should take responsibility for the recent failures of U.S. diplomacy, the author writes.
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The United States is currently a foreign policy paradox: it is a powerless world power. The country remains the strongest military might ahead of all other nations despite spending cuts and its economy keeps growing. At the same time, its geopolitical policy is completely haphazard.

If it were possible to simply ignore Barack Obama’s foreign legacies after the presidential elections in 2016, his successors would be tempted to consider it.

Violent conflicts are rampant in many corners of the world: in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, Pakistan and Venezuela. International terrorism flourishes. Cyber warfare is a possibility and the power of technology firms such as Google and Alibaba has grown. The rise of China and, to a lesser extent, India, has led to new spheres of influence.

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