Soft Power: A “Mission Critical” Component of National Security
The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) convened a bipartisan virtual town hall with Congressman David Price (D-NC) and former Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), alongside USAID Acting Administrator Gloria Steele. They discussed the bipartisan agenda to strengthen democratic institutions around the world, and how that impacts our democracy here at home.
This Veterans Day, we salute all lawmakers who have served in our nation’s military and continue to serve as members of Congress. We’re also shining a spotlight on several incoming veteran-turned lawmakers and their foreign policy views.
As the election approaches, foreign policy observers are starting to examine the state of the world the President will face in January 2021 and ask what the next Administration would or should do. The draft Democratic platform offers a glimpse into how foreign policy might figure into a Biden Administration’s vision to “build back better.”
Colombia’s President Ivan Duque met with President Trump at the White House last week, and at the top of their agenda was Venezuela. Colombia has played a critical role in managing the regional migration crisis, taking in more than 1.7 million Venezuelan refugees—more than a third of the 4.5 million who have fled the country in recent years following political upheaval and economic collapse.
Despite a new vaccine, the Ebola outbreak in the DRC has escalated into the second most deadly Ebola outbreak in history and crossed the border into neighboring Uganda, in part because conflict and violence are preventing an effective response. On July 17th, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
Around the world, Pride celebrations are recognizing the enormous strides for human rights of LGBTQ individuals. However, despite improvements in a number of countries, many LGBTQ individuals face significant hurdles to living openly and without fear. I spoke with former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) about the transformation she’s seen in the United States, and the impact our domestic shift has had on the global movement for equality.
The Memorial Day congressional recess was upon us— a time to reflect and remember the men and women who have served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice to keep America safe – and we thought, what better time to travel the country to talk about how and why what happens overseas affects us here at home. So, we packed our bags and took to the skies, landing first in Phoenix, Arizona.
In recent weeks, our nation’s top national security experts – the military leaders of America’s combatant commands – briefed Congress on the national security threats facing the United States. While the challenges of great power competition from China and Russia were central to their testimonies, they also highlighted threats that require investing in development and diplomacy to keep America safe by addressing the drivers of extremism and instability, building allies and partner capacity, and promoting American values and diplomatic solutions to conflict.
1992 was the “Year of the Woman.” America saw a record number of women elected to 106th U.S. Congress. One of those new members was Marjorie Margolies, the first woman elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in her own right. I spoke with Congresswoman Margolies— who founded nonprofit Women’s Campaign International after serving in Washington— about the implications of this new era in women’s empowerment, not only for the United States, but for communities around the world.