The Democratic nominee visited 122 country level faced crises in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria but insiders tell she defies easy categorisation as a hawk or dove
One of the first major tasks Hillary Clinton performed on becoming secretary of state was managing Washingtons reset with Moscow. In March 2009, at a session in Zurich with the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, she had the idea of symbolising the moment with a gift: a red plastic button set in a yellow box the two envoys could press together.
The button was meant to be labelled with the Russian term for reset, but the state department did not get the translation quite right. The Russian term they chose, peregruzka , actually entailed overcharged.
Lavrov was quick to point out the error. You be wrong, he told her bluntly, relishing the Americans embarrassment.
The pictures of Clinton and Lavrov holding a mislabelled toy button have since been used by the administrations critics to exemplify its alleged naivety in trying to cuddle up to the Russian bear.
Over the course of the US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump has repeatedly pointed to the handling of the Russian relationship as an example of Clintons blunders in office. Unable to deny her wealth of foreign policy experience, Trump has instead sought to belittle it as bad experience.
Clinton has argued that her tireless globetrotting in her four years as secretary of state rescued the US from the diplomatic pit the country had dug for itself with the Iraq invasion and the unilateral spirit of the George W Bush administration.
Her years as secretary of state do not offer a transparent guide to how a President Hillary Clinton would act the presidency is a very different chore, with much greater powers and burdens.
Interviews with former aides, senior officials and her foreign counterparts paint a complex picture of Clinton the diplomat that defies easy categorisation as hawk or dove.
But Clintons distinctive way of mixing soft and hard US power, her awareness of her nations exceptional might and her instincts for how and when to use it are likely to follow her to the Oval Office.