2018 Platform: World Peace and International Relations

The current Republican administration is aggressively demolishing success in American diplomacy achieved in recent years.  It has rolled back the diplomatic advances that the Obama administration made with Cuba and Iran and abandoned the Paris Climate Accords.  The Republican budget proposal demonstrates this administration’s priorities.  It drastically cuts the budget for the State Department while making dramatic and unnecessary increases in military spending.  These are not Democratic priorities. 

 

Democrats are committed to a properly staffed and funded foreign service that promotes democracy and human rights around the world.  The Republican agenda takes the opposite approach and as a result, cedes America’s leadership on the world stage to nations that are not committed to democratic values.  Furthermore, the Republicans’ attitude towards international relations places our nation and the world at risk.   

 

Many places in the world remain closed to democracy and repressive of the most basic civil rights.  Terrorism is a plague, but wars have demonstrated that even for the most powerful nation on earth, eradicating terrorism solely through a strategy of war, brute force and attempts at regime change is impossible.  Foreign intelligence combined with an effective foreign aid program and domestic policing should be better leveraged to support our nation’s fight against terrorism and also its commitment to democracy and human rights around the world.

 

We must believe that the American people will support truth over the fear mongering by our political adversaries.  We must be truthful with our allies and also with ourselves.  We must be firm with those who threaten the American people and our democratic ideals, whether at home or abroad.  And we must take the moral path as we strive to promote world peace.

 

To create a more secure and peaceful world, California Democrats will:

  • Take steps to reaffirm the position of the US as a leader in the international community;
  • Reaffirm the War Powers Act by working to return the authority to declare war to Congress and specifically including a requirement that any first use of nuclear weapons be preceded by a formal declaration of war by Congress and a specific authorization to use nuclear weapons;
  • Rejoin the majority of world nations in their commitment to the success of the Paris Agreement to Combat Climate Change;
  • Call for a fully-funded State Department and affirm its mission of the promoting world peace and disarmament through diplomacy;
  • Condition our policies and our aid to other governments upon respect for basic human rights;
  • Support ending air strikes in Afghanistan, establish a timetable for the withdrawal of all American military forces and military contractors from that country, and oppose further appropriations for such operations except those necessary for safe and orderly withdrawal of our troops;
  • Resist efforts to abuse basic rights, civil liberties, undermine democratic principles and freedom of expression throughout the world;
  • Proactively seek durable peace in the Middle East including preserving the multilateral Iran Nuclear Deal of 2015 to discourage the further proliferation of nuclear weapons in the region, encourage democratic forces in Iran without undermining its government and continue to work toward a solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiated by the parties that guarantees equality, security and democracy for all, recognizes Israel’s future as a secure and democratic Jewish state with recognized borders and provides the Palestinians with independence, sovereignty and dignity.  Jerusalem has served as the seat of Israel’s government since 1949 and should remain the capital of Israel, a city accessible to peoples of all faiths and the decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem should not remove it from final status negotiations, nor should it be used to undermine the peace process.  Furthermore, we acknowledge that as an outcome of the negotiations, the Palestinian capital could exist in East Jerusalem if the Palestinians desire.  Israelis and Palestinians deserve security, recognition, and a normal life free from terror and incitement.  Palestinians and Israelis should be free to govern themselves in their own viable state, in peace and dignity;
  • End the teaching and use of Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in discourse throughout the Middle East and beyond and oppose efforts to undermine the equal rights of Israel and Palestine;
  • Oppose the use of military drones for “targeted killings” in countries with which the United States is not at war;
  • Combat external threats through increased participation in, support for and cooperation with the United Nations, other international agencies and regional organizations, greater participation in peacekeeping to help prevent mass atrocities, and renewed international collaborations to build government structures in states that are failing or emerging from conflict;
  • Oppose regime change strategies as a pretext for war and occupation;
  • End support for indiscriminate bombing of civilians in Yemen;
  • Cooperate with other nations to eliminate terrorism, increase literacy and child survival rates, combat poverty disease and malnutrition, bolster existing and new democracies and developing nations, and reduce the support and demand for narcotics;
  • Reaffirm our support for the capability of multilateral institutions such as the UN and NATO, and use our economic leadership to leverage the capacity of foreign aid institutions to foster international peace and decrease poverty;
  • Condemn further incendiary rhetoric by the current Republican administration that reinforces North Korea’s fear of a U.S. invasion and nuclear attack and undermines State Department diplomatic efforts with North Korea; we urge all members of Congress to stand with California Democratic Congressional representatives in pushing for direct talks with North Korean leaders;
  • Combat external threats through increased participation in, support for, and cooperation with the UN, other international agencies and regional organizations, greater participation in peacekeeping to help prevent mass atrocities, and renewed international collaborations to build government structures in states that are failing or emerging from conflict;
  • Ratify and abide by the terms of the key treaties that advance the causes of peace and human rights, such as the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention, the Landmine Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
  • Negotiate toward full implementation of both the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons and support the United Nations Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons;
  • Support ratification of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, which the United States has signed;
  • Support the advancement of programs that will end the cycle of violence to ultimately promote peace, rule of law, and human rights for increased security and prosperity at home;
  • Promote establishing national institutions based on organizing principles of violence prevention and non-violent conflict resolution, using and developing a network of "best practice" peace-building policies and programs, among UN member states and nonmember nations;
  • Follow the Geneva and Hague Conventions.  No torture.  No extraordinary renditions.  No exceptions;
  • Repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (“AUMF”) that granted the President the authority – without debate or Congressional approval – to use force in retaliation against those determined to have “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the September 11th attacks against the U.S.;
  • Commit to the objectives of the UN Millennium Goals, including eradication of extreme hunger and poverty, achievement of universal primary education, and promotion and empowerment of women.  Work to enhance the UN and regional organizations;
  • Set as a long-term policy of the U.S. to elimination all nuclear weapons around the world.  Continue to pursue the Obama Administration’s “interagency discussions and international negotiations regarding the reduction and elimination of weapons of mass destruction throughout the world.”  Reallocate defense expenditures in a manner commensurate with actual threats.  Enhance efforts to deprive terrorists of weapons of mass destruction by moving multilaterally to diminish weapons stockpiles;
  • Tailor our foreign policy to eliminate the worst poverty by targeting an additional one percent of our budget to aid and development;
  • Promote population-planning worldwide through education and support for family planning organizations;
  • Reduce our trade deficit and restore America's global economic leadership by designing policies that maximize the benefits and minimize the negative consequences of globalization;
  • Structure fair trade agreements that require countries to adopt and enforce internationally recognized labor standards such as the right to associate and bargain collectively, and prohibition against child labor, forced labor, and discrimination in employment; and,

Support the dignified treatment of refugees everywhere no matter their race, religion, or country of origin.

 

 

 

 

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