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Hillary Clinton voted Chatham House Prize winner

28 August 2013

Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State (2009-13), has been voted the winner of the Chatham House Prize 2013.

Members of The Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House have selected Hillary Rodham Clinton in recognition of her personal leadership in driving a new era of US diplomatic engagement and for her particular focus on promoting education and rights for women and girls.

The Prize is presented annually to the statesperson deemed by members of The Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year.

Secretary Clinton will be presented with a crystal award and a scroll, signed by Her Majesty The Queen, patron of the institute, at a ceremony in London in autumn 2013. Previous winners of the award include Burmese democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi and President Lula of Brazil.

Dr Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House, said: 'I warmly congratulate Hillary Clinton on being awarded this year's Chatham House Prize. As Secretary of State she brought renewed energy to US diplomacy at a critical moment in international affairs, deepening key bilateral relations and strengthening US regional alliances. Her determination to reinforce the linkages between the goals of US diplomacy and development delivered significant achievements, especially in fostering new opportunities for girls and women across the world.'

Notes to Editors

About the Chatham House Prize

The process to select the nominees of the Prize draws on the recommendations of the institute's research teams and the advice of its three Presidents - Lord Paddy Ashdown, Sir John Major, and Baroness Patricia Scotland. Chatham House members then vote for the winner in a ballot. The winner is presented with a crystal award and a scroll signed by the institute's Patron, Her Majesty The Queen. More.

Nominees

There were two other nominees for the Chatham House Prize 2013:

  • Tendai Laxton Biti, Finance Minister, Zimbabwe (2009-)
  • Juan Manuel Santos, President, Republic of Colombia (2010-)

Award Ceremony

Details about the award ceremony will be announced in due course.

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