October 14, 2014
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After over a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and aggressive actions in Somalia, Yemen, Libya, Ukraine, Cuba, Venezuela, Korea, and Asia-Pacific to name a few, the United States maintains an interventionist, military-first foreign policy. Yet with the huge costs and continual failures of these policies, many Americans are now questioning the values and goals of U.S. foreign policy and the levels of military spending. With a new war on ISIS already upon us, this is a good time to reappraise the basic tenets of U.S. foreign policy.
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In A Foreign Policy for All: Re-Thinking U.S. Foreign Policy for the 21st Century, we seek both to critique current foreign policy approaches that exacerbate global insecurity, and also to outline a positive vision of non-militarist U.S. global engagement. Our vision considers the real security needs of people in the United States and around the world, and is consistent with the principles of peace and justice for all. We also explore the political changes needed to realize our vision.
The discussion draft of A Foreign Policy for All was written by the Foreign Policy for All Working Group, a team of Boston area activists and academics acting in their personal capacities and not as representatives of their organizations. Any views expressed in this paper do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization.
Foreign Policy for All conference, November 8, 2014, Cambridge, Mass.
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