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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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The Future of the Hillary Doctrine

The Future of the Hillary Doctrine

Realpolitik and Fempolitik

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The Hillary Doctrine

Valerie M. Hudson

Patricia Leidl

Columbia University Press

This chapter concludes that the Hillary Doctrine helps create a new standard for analyzing the national interest, one that people would argue is more realistic than previous metrics. What some see as soft and small issues are, in fact, some of the most vital interests facing the U.S. and the international community of nations today. There is a one-to-one correspondence between countries of greatest concern to the U.S. and countries in which women are treated poorly: the Fempolitik encoded in the Hillary Doctrine is a central pillar of Realpolitik. The structure of institutions and legal obligation built during Hillary Clinton's tenure will be almost impossible to reverse, even if it is still possible for the White House to use indifference to undermine it. The hope is that what is now known as the Hillary Doctrine will one day become an accepted, indeed standard, frame of reference founded on a firm evidentiary base.

Keywords:   Hillary Doctrine, national interest, Fempolitik, Realpolitik, subjugation of women, women's rights

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