International Relations 

Democrats call for the use of diplomacy, alliances, and peacebuilding interventions of governmental and non-governmental organizations that re-foster trust in America’s role in addressing international and civil conflicts. All actions of United States institutions and supporting organizations—including the military, intelligence agencies, State Department, and military contractors, and any U.S. international business transactions—should reflect integrity, respect, and ethical behavior in accordance with human rights and international norms and laws.  And we believe that our security, prosperity, and well-being is best served by friendly and cooperative relations with border countries.

We affirm:

  1. The United States has a major role in promoting international peace and justice through diplomacy, actively combating poverty and suffering, and working diligently to secure and maintain a healthy environment for everyone living on this planet;
  2. All acts of terrorism should be condemned and prosecuted in accordance with full force of law.  Terrorism is not just a Muslim issue and no exceptions or distinctions will be made for members of any race or religious group who commits an act of murder in order to express hate or political ideology;
  3. Violent extremism is a symptom of a failure to provide a viable future for disempowered and marginalized populations. U.S. policies to counter violent extremism should balance responses to security threats from extremist groups with the creation of pathways of hope and inclusion for those people that they exploit;
  4. Religious tolerance and respect for other cultures, including Islam and Muslims, are cornerstones of American values and should be strongly reinforced and upheld in all foreign policy and international transactions;
  5. US-sponsored programs to secure nuclear materials worldwide and eliminate illicit pathways for their production are essential to the goal of reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation and reliance on a nuclear deterrent for national security; and
  6. Where U.S. troops are engaged abroad, they should prioritize protection of civilians and assurance of human security in accordance with human rights and international law, and provide for withdrawal plans that ensure the health and safety of the local populace.

We Will:

  1. Support a strong US State Department to promote US interests abroad through nonviolent means;
  2. Oppose any unilateral, unprovoked war against any nation that does not attack or invade the U.S;
  3. Support open and transparent trade policy with input from labor, environmentalists, economists, and public opinion.  Trade policy must be drafted in documents that are freely accessible to the public;
  4. Oppose the use of fast track procedures that circumvent the democratic process to pass trade agreements;
  5. Oppose investor-state dispute provisions that circumvent US sovereign law and undermine local power to adjudicate disputes with foreign corporations;
  6. Oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) because of provisions that go against our democratic values by offshoring U.S. jobs, incentivizing the use of non-competitive wages abroad, exacerbating environmental concerns, and challenging the sovereignty of U.S. citizens to enact laws free from global corporate retaliation; 
  7. Provide safe haven and refuge to those fleeing the consequences of ongoing conflict;
  8. Condemn the use of torture;
  9. Urge our government officials to continue to reduce nuclear warheads and research our nuclear weapons’ safety, security, and reliability; and 
  10. Support foreign aid models that ensure transparency, accountability, and local participation (where possible) in emergency humanitarian aid delivery.  We support foreign development aid models that open market access and investment to local small businesses in the target area and provide training in modernized entrepreneurial skills to facilitate stable economic development in target nations.