Transforming an Office and Tackling the Global Economy

By Tamika Thompson

Secretary Clinton addresses a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi.

In my series of calls to State Department and foreign relations historians, my second conversation was with Dr. Tom Zeiler.

Zeiler is a professor of history and international affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Executive Editor of Diplomatic History, and author of the upcoming book Annihilation: A Global History of World War II.

Assessing Clinton’s first year as secretary of state, Zeiler said that Clinton has “changed the equation” for what it means to be a secretary of state. Zeiler offers a lesson from the past that the Obama Administration and Sec. Clinton seem to get, but Zeiler also discusses one issue that he would like to see Sec. Clinton address more vocally.

Listen to audio clips from my conversation with Zeiler and watch Tavis’ One on One with Hillary Clinton.

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Lessons from the Past

Clip One: Zeiler discusses what he feels is an imperative foreign relations lesson from the past that any administration would be smart to learn (1:15).

Global Economy

Clip Two: Zeiler shares why he feels Sec. Clinton must become a more vocal participant in the discussions about the global economy (1:28).

Transforming Office

Clip Three: Zeiler addresses the transformation of the secretary of state position over time and how Sec. Clinton fits into that continuum (1:01).


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