On the Road with Hillary Clinton

Diana Walker for TIME

Clinton aboard a C-17, on her way to meet with rebel leaders in Tripoli.

I spent last week on a whirlwind trip with Secretary of State Clinton to Malta, Libya, Oman, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Five countries in five days. We were in Libya two days before the death of Muammar Gaddafi. Then in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Secretary acted as a kind of referee between a pair of dangerous frenemies. In a volatile, multipolar era, Clinton is trying to forge a new kind of statecraft, combining the traditional American hard power of military strength with the soft power of U.S. finances and values. She calls this smart power, and she is herself an embodiment of...

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