The Hillary doctrine : sex and American foreign policy

Hudson, Valerie M., 1958- author

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  • Creator Valerie M. Hudson and Patricia Leidl
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York : Columbia University Press, [2015] ©2015
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource
  • ISBNs 9780231539104, 023153910X, 9780231164924, 0231164920, 0231978164924, 0231978539104
  • OCLC ocn907951694


  • Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first Secretary of State to declare the subjugation of women worldwide a serious threat to U.S. national security. Known as the Hillary Doctrine, her stance was made part of the 2010 Quadrennial Diplomatic and Development Review of U.S. foreign policy, formally committing America to the proposition that the empowerment of women is a stabilizing force for domestic and international peace. Blending history, fieldwork, theory, and policy analysis while incorporating perspectives from officials and activists on the front lines of implementation, this is the first book to thoroughly investigate the Hillary Doctrine in principle and practice. Does the insecurity of women make nations less secure? How has the doctrine changed the foreign policy of the United States and altered its relationship with other countries, such as China and Mexico? With specific studies of Guatemala, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, this invaluable policy text closes the gap between rhetoric and reality, confronting head-on what the future of fighting such an entrenched enemy entails. It reports directly on the work being done by U.S. government agencies, including the Office of Global Women's Issues, established by Clinton during her tenure at the State Department, and explores the complexity and pitfalls of attempting to improve the lives of women while safeguarding the national interest.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Table of Contents -- Foreword, by Ambassador Swanee Hunt -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Part I: History and Evolution -- 1. How Sex Came to Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy -- Part II: Theory and Cases -- 2. Should Sex Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy? -- 3. Guatemala: A Case Study -- 4. A Conspicuous Silence: U.S. Foreign Policy, Women, and Saudi Arabia -- Part III: Policy and Implementation -- 5. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Implementing the Hillary Doctrine -- 6. Afghanistan: The Litmus Test for the Hillary Doctrine -- 7. The Future of the Hillary Doctrine: Realpolitik and Fempolitik -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
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