Kim Ghattas

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Kim_Ghattas_webKim Ghattas

The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power

11 June 2013

Kim Ghattas, who has covered the U.S. State Department for the BBC since 2008, has written a gracious, nuanced book about Hillary Clinton’s years as Secretary of State. Ghattas logged 300,000 miles as she traveled with Clinton to 40 countries. In that time, she conducted 18 interviews with Clinton. The result is a portrait that infuses policy with personality. Ghattas shows Clinton building personal relationships with global leaders, details her seemingly boundless energy, and summarizes her achievement: “Working with the United States had once again become desirable.” Join us for a closeup look at one of the most remarkable figures of our time.

Moderator: Max Westerman

In cooperation with Nieuw Amsterdam publishers


The Speaker:

Kim Ghattas (born 1977 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a journalist for the BBC and author, currently covering the US State Department.[1] She attended the American University of Beirut, studying political science. At the same time, she worked as an intern at an English-language newspaper in Beirut. Ghattas then worked for the Financial Times and the BBC from Beirut. After reporting from the Middle East, in early 2008 she moved to Washington, DC to take up her post covering the US State Department.[2][3]

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Report on Ghattas in Dutch Newspaper, De Volkskrant

Kim Ghattas’ profile for The Middle Eastern Institute

The Secretary Book-trailer

New America Foundation book presentation


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