Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered the Forrestal Lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy's Foreign Affairs Conference on U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific.
After her speech, she answered questions from students on the situation in Syria, her experiences in Africa and the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The annual undergraduate foreign affairs conference began in 1960 and brings together more than 150 students from the U.S. and foreign countries.
This year the conference focuses on the "Eclipse of the West," examining where, if not the West, the sources of security, prosperity, stability, innovation, discovery and leadership are found. Debate will center on whether the West is due to yield to a successor and who that successor may be.
The Forrestal Lecture Series was established in 1970 in honor of the late James V. Forrestal who, as a proponent of seapower, was instrumental in the development of the modern Navy.