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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will talk about 'this new American moment' in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations today.
This morning, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will deliver a major policy speech at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), in Washington, D.C. Afterward, she will field questions from audience members and Richard Haass, the think tank's president.
POLITICO's Laura Rozen has obtained some excerpts from the address, which is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET. As expected, Clinton will reflect on the Obama administration's foreign policy record thus far:
After more than a year and a half, we have begun to see the dividends of our strategy. We are advancing America's interests and making progress on some of our most pressing challenges. Today we can say with confidence that this model of American leadership works, and that it offers our best hope in a dangerous world.
Clinton will talk about "this new American Moment," which is characterized by opportunity:
We are a nation that has always believed we have the power to shape our own destiny, to cut a new and better path. This administration will do everything we can to exercise the best traditions of American leadership at home and abroad to build a more peaceful and prosperous future for our children and children everywhere.
As NPR's Paul Brown notes, "Clinton's comments come as the U.S. moves away from combat operations in Iraq, recommits to an increasingly controversial mission in Afghanistan, and works to get Mideast peace talks back on track."
She says it's crucial for U.S. policy-makers to help bring people together — and see connections linking nations, regions and interests.
The Department of State will webcast the speech here.