Sep 18

Past Event

Previewing the U.S. Agenda for the United Nations General Assembly



  • Missile Defense System

    Secretary Clinton says President Obama''s missile defense system will not reduce U.S. capacity to protect allies from Iran rather it will enhance the security of our NATO allies.

  • U.S. Will Dismantle and Disrupt al Qaeda

    Noting that our security is tied to events in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, Clinton says the U.S. intends to disrupt, dismantle, and prevent the return of al Qaeda to those regions.

  • Resolution on Women, Peace and Security

    Recalling her trip to Eastern Congo, Secretary Clinton says she''ll put forth a resolution on women, peace and security to address gender based violence as a tool of war.

  • Middle East Peace a Top Priority

    Clinton says Middle East peace is a top priority. The administration advocates a two state solution, she notes, adding that Palestinians and Israelis must themselves usher in peace.


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On September 18 the Brookings Institution hosted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a speech previewing the United States’ agenda for the United Nations General Assembly. The secretary outlined America’s goals for the meetings, including addressing the conflict in the Middle East, nuclear proliferation and Iran, climate change, development, and food security.

Secretary Clinton joined the State Department after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, first lady, and senator. During her tenure in the Senate, she served on the Armed Services Committee and worked to launch the government’s Vital Voices Democracy Initiative. She was also a Commissioner on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Brookings President Strobe Talbott provided introductory remarks. After the program, Secretary Clinton took audience questions.

Event Agenda


September 18, 2009

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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