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The Hillary DoctrineSex and American Foreign Policy$
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Valerie Hudson and Patricia Leidl

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164924

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164924.001.0001

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How Sex Came to Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy

How Sex Came to Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy

(p.3) 1 How Sex Came to Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy
The Hillary Doctrine

Valerie M. Hudson

Patricia Leidl

Columbia University Press

This chapter offers a timeline of how sex became an isue in U.S. foreign policy. When Americans think of U.S. foreign policy and its many challenges, they tend to consider it relative to strategic issues involving relations with China, or the byzantine politics and endless conflicts that characterize the Middle East. Although Americans may acknowledge that part of the reason for these countries' difficulties is their treatment of women, the U.S. government has been reluctant to broach the topic during dialogues with these nations. It was not until Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in September 1995 that foreign affairs finally addressed the notion of the empowerment of women, both young and old. This moment in Beijing led to the inception of the eponymous Hillary Doctrine fourteen years later, which proposes that the empowerment of women and girls is a stabilizing force for peace in the world, and should thus be a cornerstone of American foreign policy.

Keywords:   U.S. foreign policy, Hillary Clinton, Fourth World Conference on Women, women empowerment, Hillary Doctrine

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