October 14th, 2011
02:07 AM ET

Clinton: U.S. must put economics at center of foreign policy

The United States must position itself to lead in a world "where security is shaped in boardrooms and on trading floors - as well as on battlefields," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will say Friday in a major economics and foreign policy speech in New York.

Economic forces, Clinton will say, are transforming foreign policy realities around the globe.

"We have seen governments toppled by economic crisis," a text of the Secretary's remarks released by the State Department on the eve of the speech reads. "Revolutions born in a Tunisian marketplace have swept across an entire region. Europe faces its strongest test in a generation, thanks to recession and debt. And everywhere I travel, I see countries gaining influence not because of the size of their armies, but because of the growth of their economies."

Clinton will say she is updating U.S. foreign policy priorities to include economics "every step of the way," suggesting the United States should take a cue from the leaders of emerging powers like India and Brazil who put economics at the center of their foreign policies.

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  1. citizen

    You think about Clinton and cant help thinking of Ronald Regan. Regan had Casper Wienberger and smooth hollywood mannerisms. But what Ronnie really had was an opportunity to restore feudalism to the world.
    Of course it was a different time. A time when the American people where still afraid the Russian bear might throw down multiple warheads at any moment. And this fear had been incolcated from the earliest stages with grade school students drilled on how to cower under thier desks.
    Most everyone believed this hollywood cowboy was a real savior and that a six hundred ship navy and delta force would carry this nation proudly through any challenge.
    But lets look at the real results of deregulation, a basic releasing the hounds of greed upon the earth.

    One in four children living in poverty in the United States. Shame!

    One in seven citizens living with food insecurity. Shame!

    Less social mobility then any developed nation. Shame!

    Mitt Romney calling corporations " people." Shame!

    Cramer calling anyone who really works for a living a "wage slave." Shame!

    Anyway, we can be thankfull that Hillary cares about common people. And that she is our secretary of State and a good person.

    October 14, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Tell me something, citizen, if Hilary Clinton is so good and "cares for the people", then why is she so interested in using hunger as a weapon of war. It seems the hunger has become her favroite weapon and now wants to use it to impose America's will upon other nations. Talk about control freaks!!!

      October 14, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
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    October 14, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Nicely said, citizen.

    October 14, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Furydiddle

    If you think I came to this blog to read another person's blog, you're a loon!

    October 14, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Interventionism and military interventionism at that, has been the centerpiece of & 'driving' force behind our forein policy especially during the past decade.

    No matter what Hillary publicly declares, that is how it is likely to remain. if one examines the pearls of wisdom dropping from the 'pious' mouths of GOP front runners on foreign policy it is a no-brainer to surmise that disaster awaits us if they come to rule.

    October 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Henrique

    Finally, somebody said something intelligent.

    1) Obama came to Brazil to talk about CHILD ABDUCTION... Well, I think that it wasn´t exactly what brazilians wanted to hear...

    2) Then, he visited a FAVELA... Well... That wasn´t exactly the place where brazilians wanted him to go...

    Brazilians admire (ed) north americans, but it´s time to realize that we want to build new economical relations, and not be treated as "child abductors" or "hungry people needing the USA´s charity"...

    October 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |