The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to by Kim Ghattas

By Kim Ghattas

The first inside of account to be released approximately Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of country, anchored by way of Ghattas's personal viewpoint and her quest to appreciate America's position within the world

In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to paintings for her former rival. As President Barack Obama’s secretary of kingdom, she got down to fix America’s photograph round the world—and her personal. For the subsequent 4 years, BBC overseas correspondent Kim Ghattas had extraordinary entry to Clinton and her entourage, and he or she weaves a fast paced, gripping account of existence at the highway with Clinton in The Secretary.

With the viewpoint of 1 who's either an insider and an intruder, Ghattas attracts on large interviews with Clinton, management officers, and avid gamers in Washington in addition to in a foreign country, to color an intimate and candid portrait of 1 of the main robust worldwide politicians. packed with clean insights, The Secretary offers a charming research of Clinton’s model of international relations and the Obama administration’s efforts to redefine American energy within the twenty-first century.

Populated with a forged of real-life characters, The Secretary tells the tale of Clinton’s transformation from renowned yet polarizing baby-kisser to America’s envoy to the realm in compelling element and with the entire rigidity of excessive stakes international relations. From her evolving courting with President Obama to the drama of WikiLeaks and the turmoil of the Arab Spring, we see Clinton cheerfully boarding her airplane at three a.m. after no sleep, analyzing the rebellion act to the chinese language, and dealing with her diplomatic list ahead of signing directly to struggle in Libya—all the whereas attempting to fix American management in a swiftly altering world.

Viewed via Ghattas's vantage aspect as a half-Dutch, half-Lebanese citizen who grew up within the crossfire of the Lebanese civil conflict, The Secretary can be the author’s personal trip as she seeks to respond to the questions that haunted her youth. How strong is the United States quite? And, whether it is in decline, who or what's going to change it and what is going to it suggest for the United States and the realm?

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Because we had a mandate from the Congress, we could deal effectively with the highest levels at State and with the other agencies involved. ”53 An amendment enacted at the end of 2005 made the ARB optional in the case of incidents involving loss of life at missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ambassador Gib Lanpher chaired three ARBs that investigated incidents that occurred in Iraq before the amendment became law. He was disappointed that the department initiated the amendment, even though the recommendations of his boards were not all adopted: “My boards believed that ARBs would still be useful in the case of Iraq because they bring an independent perspective to security issues outside the normal chain of command,” he said.

Minorities are still underrepresented in the foreign service. The situation is improving at the bottom but deteriorating at the top. Minority officers hired under affirmative action programs in the 1970s and early 1980s are now approaching retirement. Affirmative action programs diminished in the 1980s and 1990s as a matter of both policy and law, and as a result there are not enough minority officers in the middle grades to replace the retirees. ” The diversity visible in the junior grades in 2007 will take fifteen or twenty years to reach the upper ranks.

Thousands of other foreign service officers agreed with him. 5 million, which gave the service the ability to aim recruitment efforts at underrepresented segments of the population. The number of candidates taking the foreign service exam rose from eight thousand to more than twenty thousand. The average hiring delay fell from twenty-seven months to nine months, and refusals of job offers fell from 25 percent to 2 percent. New testing procedures reduced the mismatch in skills between entrants and jobs and gave greater weight to critical languages like Arabic, Urdu, and Chinese.

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