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The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy

The Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy

By Valerie M. Hudson and Patricia Leidl

Columbia University Press, 2015, 456 pp.

When Hillary Clinton’s career as a lawyer first drew media attention during the 1992 presidential campaign of her husband, Bill Clinton, she mused that she could have skipped law practice to stay at home and bake cookies. The comment led to a now-famous cookie bake-off between Clinton and Barbara Bush, which the upstart Arkansas governor’s wife handily won. Eighteen years later, as secretary of state in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, Clinton supported an ambitious effort to put energy-efficient, environmentally friendly cookstoves in the kitchens of 100 million poor women around the world. “By upgrading these dirty

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  • SUZANNE NOSSEL is Executive Director of PEN American Center and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organizations. She is a volunteer adviser on human rights issues to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Follow her on Twitter @SuzanneNossel.
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