Former Secretary Clinton emphasizes the role of people in international relations at 2013 Fulbright-Clinton reception

In an address to the 2013 Class of Fulbright-Clinton Fellows, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honored the legacy of Senator William J. Fulbright and stressed the importance of people-to-people connections in international relations.

Clinton said:

[Senator Fulbright] had the wisdom to understand that international relations are ultimately about people, and if you can build trust and understanding, see each other as fellow human beings, looking at that dignity that each of us is endowed with regardless of country or cause, then perhaps conflict can be avoided and progress achieved.

Clinton was the honored guest at this year’s reception of 23 American Fellows who are the second cohort of Fulbright-Clinton Fellows. The fellows will travel to eight different countries, including Burma, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Samoa.

As the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) explains on its website, “the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship was officially renamed this year the J. William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship (Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship) in recognition of Secretary Clinton’s leadership in public service and commitment to the ideals of the Fulbright Program.”