Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emphasized Tuesday her belief in the importance of exchanges in a “townterview” at the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Said Secretary Clinton:

“I am looking for more chances to set up exchanges between American women and Malaysian women.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah spoke at the U.S.-India People to People Conference last Thursday, which was hosted by the U.S. Department of State in cooperation with the Indian American Leadership Council (IALC) and the American India Foundation (AIF).

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On her first visit to Cambodia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today stressed the need for expanding exchanges with that country, for instance by enticing more Cambodians to gain study and work experience in the U.S., as well as by increasing opportunities for young people in Cambodia to study English.

As Clinton said:

“We’ve got to build more mutual understanding and mutual respect,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told 218 Hubert Humphrey Fellows from 93 countries at a welcome reception last night at the Department of State.

“We need more links between people in government today and people who will be in government tomorrow. So we do expect great things from you when you return home after this period here as a Humphrey Fellow,” Clinton said.

During her visits to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighted the need for increased exchanges between these countries and the U.S., as well as with Europe.

At a town hall meeting yesterday with students and civil society leaders in Sarajevo, Clinton stressed that:

“We need more interactions between our universities, we need more exchanges, we need more programs that we can share.”

At the USGLC (United States Global Leadership Coalition) Washington Conference on "Smart Power at Work", Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, USAID administrator Rajiv Shah and Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Daniel Yohannes assembled on Tuesday to discuss the content and implications of the Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) announced by President Obama on 22 September.

Speaking at the Historical Conference on the American Experience in Southeast Asia today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented on the role educational and cultural exchanges have in shaping the post-war relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam:

In her remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighted the importance of international cooperation and the need for “a network of alliances and partnerships, regional organizations and global institutions, that is durable and dynamic enough to help us meet today’s challenges and adapt to threats that we cannot even conceive of.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton extols the importance of international exchange programs and encourages American families to host exchange students in a video posted to ExchangesConnect’s YouTube channel yesterday. The video and full text of her remarks are available below:

During a meeting of civil society and youth leaders in Baku, Azerbaijan, on July 4, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with three representatives of the FLEX program, including the Azerbaijan alumni coordinator, Leyla Aslanova (FLEX ’07). Aslanova asked Clinton what role she sees U.S.-educated exchange alumni playing in Azerbaijan society. Clinton responded that alumni should continue to foster ties between Americans and Azerbaijanis by sharing their experiences and encouraging more students to apply to study in the U.S.

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