Foreign Policy

Our foreign policy is focused on reducing tensions and preserving peace abroad, and bringing our troops back home. We also understand the gravity of global problems such as climate change and poverty, and we want more foreign aid to be given to countries facing greater challenges. 

 

  • Cooling Conflict between Israel and Palestine

    • A peace settlement seems as far away as ever, but this does not mean that Palestine and Israel shall always be banging plowshares into swords. We shall align our actions with the international community on this conflict. We call for an end to further Israeli settlements and for the end of the Gaza blockade, and we demand that they end their plans to annex the West Bank. If they do not comply, we shall consider changing the status of our aid to Israel. The Trump plan which takes Palestinian land from the West Bank and replaces it with worthless desert in the Negev should be abandoned and replaced with a peace plan that fulfills Palestinian demands of territorial sovereignty. We call for the return of our aid to Palestine to Obama-era levels. We congratulate the Palestinian authorities on their deal to call new elections, and we hope this is the start of a democratic Palestinian polity. 

  • Iranian Relations

    • Towards Iran, we aim to reduce tensions, and turn again towards normalizing relations with their government, as both of us understand that further chaos and war in the middle east is of no help to anyone. Our aim is towards regional peace, with nuclear disarmament being a secondary concern. 

  • Kashmir Conflict

    • The Kashmir Conflict between Pakistan and India, two nuclear powers, is deeply concerning. We call truth and reconciliation commissions to be formed in order to address crimes in India and Pakistan related to the occupation. We further call for a referendum to be held on the status of Kashmir, and for the end of military occupation of Indian Kashmir.

  • US-China Relations

    • Our relationship with China is one we must manage carefully. As they are a rapidly growing power with great economic strength, we must understand that the most aggressive approach to China is not necessarily the most effective one, and that direct confrontation would be damaging and dangerous. We must also let it be known that the offenses China’s state apparatus is committing against Uyghurs are wrong, and we shall work to build a coalition of nations that is willing to condemn the practice of mass incarceration based on ethnicity in China. China  has made a few territorial claims that are very ambitious and unreasonable, and that we have existing problems of intellectual property theft that must be resolved before deeper and mutually beneficial engagement. But we must understand the need to cooperate with China in the future on Climate Change, Trade, and the regulation of new areas of economic development; the future holds enough room for both of our nations.

  • End US Participation in Yemen 

    • The Yemeni Civil War has been brutal, and it seems as if there is no end. We have helped the war become a massive humanitarian crisis, with millions facing the threat of starvation, and hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing, through our assistance to warring actors. Saudi Arabia, which has long been considered an American ally, has used our arms sales and our intelligence, and our diplomatic backing, to make the crisis in Yemen worse. The Saudis have worked to prevent the arrival of humanitarian aid to Yemen, despite the desperate food and medical situation. We should end our arm sales to Saudi Arabia until the war in Yemen is over, and we should make sure that agencies that supply humanitarian aid are allowed to assist those in need in this conflict. We should use this pressure to bring all actors to the table. 

  • Ending the Syrian Civil War 

    • The Syrian Civil War has been a great tragedy, and after years and years of heavy fighting, it appears that there the only outcome has been massive and widespread destruction. The best course of action here is to act from our sense of morality. We shall continue to call for liberalization of the Syrian government, and we shall continue to voice our desire to see Assad resign. We must work to see that Syria does not remain forever under a tyrannical dictatorship that has engaged in the mass torture of prisoners and the oppression of its minorities.

  • Leaving Afghanistan

    • Afghanistan has been a battlefield for multiple decades, having been at war with itself under the Soviet government, the Mujahideen, and the Taliban. Our intervention has not brought peace, nor has it created the infrastructure of state necessary for a stable democracy. The Taliban has proven to be a tenacious opponent, and their defeat is as far away as ever. The only option left is to make peace. We should not allow the progress on womens’ rights, or the economic development that has been made during the occupation to be rolled back, We must also be open to amnesty for the enemy prisoners we hold, and we should pledge to continue economic aid to a unified Afghanistan if a deal is accepted. Said aid would cost far less than the cost of keeping troops in Afghanistan, and would surely help the people who live in the newly united nation. All options are on the table to make sure that an acceptable peace treaty is signed, and if one of the signatories acts dishonorably, we will punish the lawbreaking party. 

  • Increasing Foreign Aid

    • Climate change is a great challenge for nations in Africa and South America, and will require deep international cooperation to prevent catastrophe. Syria is a good example of how Climate Change can exacerbate existing civil conflict. Syria, before the civil war, was beset by a great drought, which caused its citizens to flee from their villages into slums on the outskirts of cities, and the resulting disruption was a part of why the country descended into civil war. If we wish to prevent another humanitarian disaster like the Syrian Civil War, we must act. People do not choose to be born into poverty, into villages being consumed by the desert, and onto small islands being swallowed up by the sea. We spend less on foreign aid per capita than other less wealthy nations, but this should not be. Out of fairness, and the understanding that we have contributed, as a nation, heavily towards the worsening of climate change as a result of our cumulative emissions, we need to increase our foreign aid budgets and direct them towards those most in danger of losing it all to a changing climate. 

Paid For And Approved By Adam Christensen For Congress
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