A Watchful Eye on the World
The way in which I would do business with nations will vary depending on the nation and situation. It is important that you the voter understand why and what I would do.
Global Policy for a Global Strategy
American Leadership Abroad
Angola- The border dispute between Angola and the DR Congo must be resolved. Trust between the United States and Angola is low following our counter stances in the Cold War. I want to work with Angola in maintaining the refugee crisis unfolding in the Congo. Already Angola has taken in over 25,000 refugees from their northern neighbor as well as over 5,000 from Mauritania. Encouraging and offering incentives to Angola to properly maintain these refugees and potentially take in more would greatly assist the regions stability.
Bahrain- Maintaining relations with Bahrain is a must. Not only does the nation of Bahrain house the U.S. 5th Fleet, but it is controlled by the Al Khalifa royal family which is one of the six that operates Gulf region affairs. Their proximity to Iran, Iraq & Saudi Arabia makes them a useful ally on many fronts. I will most certainly apply diplomatic pressure to see the ruling family of Bahrain adopt and implement human rights as they had a terrible record during the Arab Spring to say the least.
China- Ever since we opened our markets to China under President Nixon we have literally allowed the regime to get away with mass murder. Trade with the Chinese people is wonderful, but the fact a grotesque Communist Politburo profits off our capitalism is wrong on many levels. China's economy is barely Communist in nature anymore, and we should use that to our advantage to crack the shell they've developed over the hearts and minds of the Chinese people. The imprisonment of political activist and the practice of live organ harvesting off of prisoners is monstrously wrong. The irrational tendencies of Beijing must be stopped on all fronts. From practices of defaulting loans to harm international sovereignty through "One Belt, One Road" to building islands in the South China Sea. China must be confronted on these fronts, plus the other issues such as currency manipulation, before it is too late. War must be avoided, but a committed diplomatic pressure through an international coalition can box Beijing in and slow down this fast march to conflict.
France- As one of America's longest allies and trading partners our relationship with France must always stay on good footing. While we may at times disagree over foreign policy, it is important to have France at the negotiating table for discussions involving global ramifications. Not only do the French have crucial assets all across the globe, but at any given time the French Foreign Legion is operating half a dozen missions. France has taken in thousands of refugees including 15,000 from Syria and over 22,000 from Sri Lanka. Their support of over 15,000 refugees from Russia is also a point worth highlighting as we struggle to contain and dismantle Putin's hold on the Kremlin. With major territory from South America to the South Pacific France has reliable eyes and ears across the world. We must work with France in destroying terrorism and ISIS in Southwest Asia. We must also work unilaterally to deter Russian aggression and assemble a tough European response to the Ukraine crisis. France has been a reliable partner in the fight to preserve democracy against authoritarianism and we must build on that relation.
Hong Kong- At this point, I don't believe China deserves the right to govern Hong Kong as they have broken the one country, two systems policy several times. The attempted saddling of an extradition bill to mainland China while Hong Kong was grappling with a murder trial/extradition bill to Taiwan was an abuse of the legislature. The people of Hong Kong have every right to voice their concerns peacefully and the U.S. should support. When the Umbrella Movement started in 2014 and activist such as Joshua Wong were arrested these were clear red flags of developments to come and the United States should apply diplomatic pressure to try and ensure the wrongfully arrested are not subject to torture.
Iran- With the recent airstrike killing of General Qassem Soleimani and the series of attacks/retaliations leading up to the airstrike a normalization of relations with Iran seems impossible. The death of Gen. Soleimani will be one of the biggest events to rock Southwest Asia in the 21st Century. Negotiations with Iran must resume to prevent war or escalated proxy war. I'm wary a lot of smaller paramilitary groups may take revenge into their own hands leading to a hydra situation in which you have many heads attacking from several different directions all with varying goals and messages to send. Iran itself is a nation that was promised democracy in 1979 with the overthrow of the U.S. backed Shah. Instead, we installed the U.S. backed Ayatollah Khomeini whose intentions we didn't understand, yet we gave him the reins of arguable the strongest nation in Southwest Asia besides Saudi Arabia. Khomeini stole the Iranian Revolution and became an enemy to democracy day one when his motorcade rode through Tehran after returning from exile. I oppose the dictatorship installed in Iran, but also wish to develop bilateral agreements because finding a solution and a cessation to attacks on U.S. personnel in the region is priority. As long as Iranian forces are operating outside of their borders in a belligerent manner beyond stopping ISIS the U.S. should stand ready to send a tough rebuke. We need to formulate stronger border controls on the Iraq/Iran border, but not to a point it harms Shia pilgrims and consumers/tourist from enjoying Southern Iraq/Basra and bringing in tourist dollars. At the same time, Iranian money in Iraqi politics must be stemmed. Iran's proxy's in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine must be keenly watched as an organized strike from all of these fronts would throw the region into absolute turmoil and put the U.S. and Israel in a defensive stance instead of preemptive as is currently the dictation of the many conflicts.
Libya- New moves happening in the region everyday and I try to follow closely with everything going on in the campaign. Just today (01/02/20) Turkey's parliament voted and approved troop deployments to Tripoli. As Gen. Haftar and his forces in the East continue to advance on Tripoli assaulting the U.N. backed Govt. of National Accord, the Tripoli based government continues to make deals internationally building credibility. I support the Govt. of National Accord against Russian backed General Haftar and am opposed to any return to dictatorship in Libya. Gen Haftar is an old Cold War asset of the United States after his capture in the Chadian-Libya War; he is also a dual U.S.-Libyan citizen. I want to investigate and uproot any other old Cold War "assets" that may turn the tables on us and start a warlord conflict in another region just as General Haftar has done in Libya.
Oman- Continue building strong political and economic relations with Oman and the Al Said royal family while respecting their wish to keep out of external affairs. Oman's strategic location near the Straight of Hormuz, Indian Ocean, and Yemen make them a crucial set of eyes and ears in the region we can depend on. Oman is a very ancient land with an ancient name and customs. Tribal affiliation is dominant in society and political parties are illegal. With Oman's economy heavily dependent on oil, my priority would be to help develop economic incentives and investment to help Oman diversify its economy and open up more to western markets.
Syria- A U.S. ground presence in Syria at this time is a must. Although I am against war, it has become evident if U.S. troops withdraw that conflict will occur and the Kurds will be massacred. In foreign policy our biggest regrets as a nation are never acting when we see genocide like in the holocaust, Rwanda, etc. By simply posturing and holding ground in Eastern Syria we postpone and possibly negate a potential massacre. We can not allow Russia and Turkey free rein in Syria because not only do they have little evidence of supporting human rights, but they will exasperate the migrant crisis still unfolding across Africa, Asia and Europe. At this time, it does look as though Bashar Al-Assad will stay in power and the Russians are there to stay. But, we must stand with our Kurdish allies in Eastern Syria as they have sacrificed so many to help ensure the defeat of ISIS (Daesh) on the ground. We do not abandon our allies and that certifies they will always be there for us.
Taiwan- It is an absolute necessity that we continue robust relations with Taiwan. With the size and growth of their economy coupled with their geographic position near China they are a key ally in the region. We share interest with Taiwan in the South China Sea and other areas of international diplomacy and should continue working with them on these issues. The stronger Taiwan is, the less likely a war with China is possible. At this time, a Chinese invasion of Taiwan would take about two weeks to complete according to the latest RAND reports. This is the reality of the region, however our commitment and arms sales deter China from bellicose action.
Transnistria- A small breakaway region in Moldova on the border of Ukraine. I want to work towards finding a better resolution than the current stand off. I'm also not a fan of Russian troops being stationed in Transnistria. While I understand the reasoning, with the current conflict in Ukraine I am afraid of Russia abusing its stay in Transnistria. The economic viability and livelihood of the people of Transnistria can greatly expand upon an opening of hearts, minds and borders.
United Kingdom- I really hope the pains of Brexit aren't as crippling as some forecast have painted it. If Brexit risk collapsing the U.K. economy by 9% or more and loss of life is possible as medicine and goods become gridlocked in bureaucracy then the U.S. must act. Only our enemies have footing to gain when one of our strongest allies gets tossed into turmoil. Our bilateral efforts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan over the past two decades have strengthened our cooperation and I seek to only continue that cooperation and not sully it.
Uruguay- I very much enjoy the fact that as a nation Uruguay legalized cannabis in 2013. A modern example of how cannabis legalization can work. I support Uruguay taking care of over 10,000 Venezuelan refugees as the economic crisis continues in Venezuela. I hope Uruguay can potentially take in a few more refugees to assist in what has become a global phenomenon. I also want to work with officials on banking transparency. That being said, it is a point to note that thanks to IMF and United States banking support after their 2002 banking crisis, they were largely unaffected by the 2008 financial crisis. The banking system in Uruguay is sound, just not profitable. But with a young emerging population I can see profits expanding vastly over the next decade and the U.S. should appropriately be apart of this growth and assist with this growth.
Uzbekistan- While breakthroughs in law enforcement have occurred, much more is needed to prevent the human trafficking/ sex trafficking and forced labor practices that are too common place. Forced cotton picking is still practiced; even children are conscripted. Wealthier families pay for their children not to have to work the fields. South Korea is a large buyer of Uzbekistan cotton and so trilateral agreements between the U.S., Uzbekistan and South Korea are necessary to put more protections on the Uzbekistan worker and ensure free trade reigns and all people benefit without human rights abuses. As a transportation hub for Afghan created narcotics heading to Russia this must also be recognized and stopped. With our position in Afghanistan and need to create better relations with Central Asian countries and Russia this could be an area of agreement. The free market in Uzbekistan must be invested in and established to counter the practice of forcing teachers, students, and private business workers from having to clean city streets, parks, & work the fields which hampers their ability to expand on their careers.
Vietnam- We can not allow our past conflict with Vietnam to cloud our vision of a future together. Already U.S. companies do business in Vietnam and the nation has developed a considerable silicon valley of their own. In the long term, Vietnam is a viable trade partner to draw competition away from China. We need to further mend diplomatic relations between our nations by supplying foreign aid to victims of Agent Orange exposure. We must encourage foreign investment from Vietnam into the United States and visa versa. The nations of South East Asia deserve an optimistic future sighted American leader willing to visit and see their prosperity eclipse that of their more aggressive norther neighbor, China.