Foreign Policy and Global Security
Protecting our allies and security interests abroad is critical to the safety of the United States in a global and interconnected world.
- Climate Change: We must slow climate change and address its inevitable consequences without delay. We urge the current administration to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change and commit to achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through the use of clean energy and other incentives. Climate change already has resulted in extreme weather events and temperature increases, destabilizing many areas around the world. It is a national security, environmental and ethical issue.
- Democracy Promotion: Promoting democratic institutions abroad remains a vital interest of the United States. International aid that strengthens civil society and democratic elements in countries that are transitioning to democracy or those that are still ruled by authoritarian regimes must be supported. It is legitimate to condition America’s international aid and alliances on the observance of democratic norms.
- Human Trafficking: There are more slaves are in the world today than any other point in human history. We are concerned by the global trafficking of women, men, boys and girls in activities connected to labor trafficking and commercial sex acts through force, fraud and coercion. We urge the State Department and the entire American domestic and foreign policy establishment to assist in the eradication of all forms of human trafficking. All efforts to prevent human trafficking in any government contracts or procurement program must be supported and enforced.
- International Aid: Increased international aid to promote global health and wellness, conflict resolution, disaster relief, democracy promotion and economic development must be supported. Military aid to Israel and other allies working to foster global security and democracy must be supported and continued.
- Iran: Iran must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons. We support vigorous enforcement of the agreement between the P5+1 nations and Iran to prevent Iran from acquiring such a weapon. Simultaneously, we must work to counter Iran’s other nefarious activities, including missile testing, support for terrorism and destabilizing activities in Syria, Lebanon and other areas around the globe.
- Israel: We support a robust leadership role for the United States in the Middle East. The U.S. and Israel maintain a strong and unbreakable bond in view of the two countries’ shared security interests and common values. We believe in a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israelis deserve to live in safety and security, free from terror and incitement, in a state that is recognized by Palestinians and its Arab neighbors. Palestinians should be permitted to realize their national aspirations in an independent, demilitarized state. We recognize that Israel’s capital is Jerusalem, and believe the United States can and should move our embassy to a location in Jerusalem. Nonetheless, final-status issues must be determined through direct negotiations between the parties as part of the two-state solution. We believe Jerusalem should remain open to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Even as it acts as a mediator in the Middle East, the United States must vigorously oppose the global Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions movement and other international efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel. America should continue its security aid to Israel to ensure the Jewish state maintains its qualitative military edge and ability to defend itself.
- Nuclear Proliferation: Nuclear proliferation remains an existential threat to America and throughout the world, especially in light of recent events in North Korea, where a nuclear weapon has been developed and tested. Furthermore, it is clear that North Korea now is acquiring technology to wield against other nations. We believe in exploring all necessary avenues to defuse the North Korean situation and prevent other dangerous regimes from developing weapons of mass destruction. We support the New START treaty signed between the United States and Russia in 2010.
- Russia: Russia’s interference in our 2016 presidential election is a threat to the most important institution in the United States — our free and independent elections. Russia’s campaign of intimidation and disruption directed against Western countries and their electoral processes must be countered with robust sanctions. We urge our government and the international community to insist on the territorial integrity of Ukraine, whose sovereignty has been violated, and to defend other former Soviet bloc countries. We condemn Russia’s human rights abuses, including its crackdown on LGBT communities.
- Trade: Trade agreements when properly negotiated further the security and economic interests of the United States. Attention to how trade deals affect U.S. workers and an insistence on environmental protection are necessary conditions in crafting and agreeing to fair and equitable trade deals.