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Hillary Clinton’s Business Legacy at the State Department

by Bill Hayes

In Hillary Clinton’s Business Legacy at the State Department, Bloomberg Businessweek reports that she refocused the department on helping American businesses.

More than her predecessors, Clinton has argued that commercial diplomacy and the promotion of trade, long the neglected stepchildren of the foreign policy establishment, are central to U.S. strategic interests. In a hectic four years punctuated by one international crisis after another — the Arab Spring, Iran’s nuclear schemes, the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya — her work as a spokeswoman for American business is a less visible part of her legacy. Yet it may be the most durable. “Those countries that were customers are now competitors,” says Roderick. “Dynamics have changed in the international marketplace that have brought us into needing the government in more areas.” [more]