Secretary Clinton: Year One

By Staff

During her first year as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton visited 44 countries and traveled more than 200,000 miles. Check out a timeline of Secretary Clinton’s first year in office.

January 22, 2009 Day 1

Secretary Clinton arrives for her first day of work. She appoints Special Envoy for the Middle East George Mitchell and Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke.

February 2, 2009 Swearing In

Hillary Rodham Clinton is sworn in as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States.

February 15 – 22, 2009 Warm South Korea Welcome

Clinton’s first official trip overseas takes her to Asia, where she visits Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and China to discuss, among other things, the global financial crisis and climate change.

March 1 – 7, 2009 Middle East Meetings

Clinton’s schedule is packed with trips to Turkey, Belgium, Switzerland and to the Middle East where she visits the Palestinian Territories, Israel and Egypt. She met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, including Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas to lay the diplomatic groundwork for a Palestinian state.

March 11, 2009 International Women of Courage Award

Clinton, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, announces the 2009 recipients of the Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage, in Washington, D.C.

March 25, 2009 Mexico Visit

Clinton meets with Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Mexican students who were given scholarships to the U.S. during her two-day visit to Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico.

March 31, 2009 Conference on Afghanistan

Clinton addresses The International Conference on Afghanistan at The Hague, Netherlands.

April 16, 2009 Haiti Trip

Clinton meets with Haitian President Rene Preval during her three-day trip to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. She offers $300 million in aid to help the country after 2008 storms.

April 23 – 26, 2009 Surprise Visit to Iraq

Clinton’s second visit to the Middle East as Secretary of State includes surprise visits to Iraq, where she reiterates U.S. commitment to the country just months before U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraqi cities.

April 27, 2009 Climate Connection

Clinton addresses the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate in Washington, D.C. She says, “the crisis of climate change exists at the nexus of diplomacy, national security and development.”

May 13 & 18, 2009 Commencement Speeches

Clinton speaks at the 2009 New York University commencement on May 13 and the Barnard College commencement ceremony just days later.

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May 27, 2009 Meeting Journalist Roxana Saberi

Clinton meets with American journalist Roxana Saberi in Washington, D.C. upon Saberi’s release from an Iranian prison after being held for three months on spying charges.

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May 31 – June 2, 2009 Visiting Latin America

Clinton visits Honduras and El Salvador where she meets with President Mauricio Funes and emphasizes the U.S. commitment to reengaging in Latin America.

June 3 – 4, 2009 Visiting Egypt

Clinton visits Egypt along with President Barack Obama and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.

June 12, 2009 Women’s Issues

Clinton swears in Melanne Verveer as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, an office she and President Obama created.

June 16, 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report

Clinton speaks at the release of the Ninth Annual Trafficking in Persons Report in Washington, D.C. The report, she says, “underscores the need to address the root causes of trafficking, including poverty, lax law enforcement, and the exploitation of women.”

June 17, 2009 Elbow Fracture

Clinton sustains a fractured right elbow when she slips and falls on her way to the White House and must undergo surgery later in the week. She cancels her public schedule.

July 15, 2009 Foreign Policy Goals

Clinton gives a foreign policy address at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C., in which she outlines her foreign policy goals, zeroing in on al Qaida and Iran’s nuclear program.

July 23, 2009 Asia Pacific Visit

Clinton speaks at the ASEAN Regional Forum during her visit to India and Thailand. She urges North Korea to abandon its nuclear program and suggests that the regional body might consider kicking out Myanmar if it doesn’t release political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi.

July 28, 2009 U.S.-China Dialogue

Clinton gives closing remarks at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. She hosts the event alongside Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

August 3 – 14, 2009 Africa Trip

Clinton begins an 11-day tour of Africa that takes her to Kenya, South Africa, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde. Her trip comes just a few weeks after President Obama’s visit to the region.

August 8, 2009 Strengthening African Ties

Clinton meets with South African President Jacob Zuma, in an effort to strengthen U.S. ties with the African nation. She discusses South Africa’s previous highly criticized approach to HIV/AIDS and the need for South African support in addressing problems in Zimbabwe.

August 10, 2009 Unwelcome Question

During a town hall in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Clinton takes a question from a Congolese student who asks for Mr. Clinton’s thoughts on an issue. The nation’s top diplomat snaps, “My husband is not the secretary of state. I am.”

August 11, 2009 Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Issues

Clinton joins a roundtable with NGOs and Activists on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Issues in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

August 13, 2009 Liberian President Johnson-Sirleaf

Clinton meets with Liberia’s first democratically elected woman president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, in Monrovia, Liberia. She offers strong U.S. support and says that Johnson-Sirleaf is “a leader whom I admire and someone who has provided great leadership for her country.”

September 3, 2009 Honduran President Visits

Clinton meets with ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and promises to cut off aid to the country after the June 28 coup that forced him out.

September 30, 2009 Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

Clinton chairs the U.N. Security Council Session on Women, Peace and Security in Armed Conflict in New York. The Security Council adopts the Resolution to Combat Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict.

October 10 -14, 2009 Four-day Whirlwind

During a four-day trip that takes her to Zurich, London, Dublin, Belfast, Moscow and Kazan, Clinton meets with several leaders, including Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Ireland Prime Minister Brian Cowen and U.K. Foreign Secretary Miliband.

October 13, 2009 U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Treaty

Clinton meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Russia to discuss a US-Russia nuclear arms treaty, as well as Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

October 19, 2009 Sudan Strategy

Clinton outlines the U.S. strategy on Sudan during remarks in Washington, D.C.

October 19, 2009 Meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister

Clinton meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Washington, D.C. where the two discussed, among other things, Iraq’s upcoming national elections.

October 28, 2009 Peshawar Car Bombing

Clinton arrives in Pakistan to meet with top-level officials and to emphasize that the U.S. relationship with Pakistan goes beyond security. Her three-day trip is marked by a car bomb in Peshawar and heated questions from Pakistanis about U.S. aerial drone strikes.

October 31, 2009 Netanyahu’s Plans “Unprecedented”

During her visit to Pakistan, the Middle East, Morocco and Egypt, Clinton meets with several top-ranking officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem. She causes a stir when she calls Netanyahu’s plans to not start any new settlements in the West Bank “unprecedented.”

November 4, 2009 Restating the U.S. Position

Clinton restates the U.S. position that it does not accept Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land during her visit to Cairo, Egypt. This comes after criticism that the Obama administration is backing away from its earlier position that Israel must immediately stop settlement construction.

November 11, 2009 APEC Singapore Conference

Clinton uses her remarks at the APEC Singapore Conference to discuss North Korea and Myanmar. She urges Myanmar to plan for elections in 2010.

November 19, 2009 Meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister

Clinton speaks to troops in Kabul, Afghanistan at the end of her trip to Europe and Asia. Clinton states: “I was very pleased to hear today when President Karzai said that he hopes that within three years, the Afghan security forces will have the lead in important areas and within five years…the Afghan security forces would have the lead throughout the country.”

December 3, 2009 Road Ahead in Afghanistan

Clinton addresses the road ahead in Afghanistan in her opening remarks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, D.C.

December 4, 2009 NATO Troop Deployment

Clinton addresses NATO troop deployment at headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Dec 14, 2009 Human Rights Week

During Human Rights Week, Clinton outlines the administration’s human rights agenda during an address at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She states that human rights, democracy and development go hand-in-hand.

December 17, 2009 Climate Change Convention

Clinton speaks at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark. She announces that the U.S. will help raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries address climate change.




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