Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Speaks at FSI

Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate, delivered a policy address on March 23 at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

"It's a great treat not only for me to be at the university, but at this particular institute as well,"  said Clinton in her opening remarks. "You have made Stanford a center for national security scholarship, and that is the principal reason why I am here today."

Responding to the recent attacks in Brussels, which she called a "brutal reminder" of the ongoing global struggle with radical terrorism, Secretary Clinton laid out a set of counter-terrorism policy proposals that emphasized adaptability, diplomacy, and cooperation with other countries, intelligence services and Muslim communities.

"We face an adversary that is constantly adapting and operating across multiple theaters,” she said. “Our response must be just as nimble and far reaching. We need to reinforce the alliances that have been pillars of American power for decades.”

FSI Director Michael McFaul, former US ambassador to Russia, introduced Secretary Clinton, reminding the audience of her personal connection to Stanford (daughter Chelsea and son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky both attended the University). Former Secretary of State George Shultz and former Defense Secretary William Perry were in attendance. A sample of media coverage is listed below: