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On the road with Hillary Clinton

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 14 July 2011

The BBC's Kim Ghattas has gained exclusive, behind the scenes access to the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during one of her recent overseas visits. Code named "Special Air Mission 883", the trip took eight days, covered thirty thousand miles and touched down in four countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Kim joins what is affectionately known as "the bubble", the travelling band of diplomatic staffers, special security detail, international press and handlers that accompany the Secretary, or "S" as she is known, on the trip.

We share their thoughts and hopes, priorities and frustrations as Hillary Clinton pursues United States foreign policy goals. There are meetings of high diplomacy with kings and rulers as well as more grass roots events like the promotion of democracy and good governance at an African womens collective.

A surprisingly intimate portrait of the Secretary and her closest aides.

Producer: Jane Beresford.



    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a gruelling travel schedule that does not allow for much sleep, as the BBC's Kim Ghattas found out when she joined her on a recent trip.

    Read Kim Ghattas' article on the BBC News website
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