Background on the candidate’s statements, positions, and record on diplomacy, global development, and America’s role the world

On U.S. global leadership:

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren has positioned herself as a strong advocate for American engagement in the world, stating “We live in a constantly changing, increasingly interconnected world. It is essential that America remain engaged in the world to protect our national security and to support a stable international system based on the values of human rights and democracy.”
  • From her first Senate race to her race for the White House, she has been a vocal proponent for elevating diplomacy and development in America’s foreign policy noting that “We need a foreign policy that leverages all our resources, not just our military might. Every senior military official I have spoken with has emphasized how indispensable their State Department and foreign aid counterparts are to their mission.”

On diplomacy, global development, and national security:

  • Senator Warren has said that “diplomacy is not about charity; it is about advancing U.S. interests and preventing problems from morphing into costly wars”.
  • Highlighting how the U.S. “spends only about one percent of its federal budget on foreign aid”, she has said that it is “essential to reprioritize diplomacy and reinvest in the State Department and the development agencies.”
  • In her first Senate race in 2012, she called for a foreign policy “that is smart, tough, and pragmatic, and that uses every tool available. We owe nothing less to our citizens and to those we would put in harm’s way to protect us.”
  • In a bipartisan show of support for the International Affairs Budget, Warren joined with 41 other senators in a 2018 letter led by Senators Durbin and Young calling for robust funding for diplomacy and development.
  • Warren has said that as president, she will put an increased focus on Africa and not treat it as an “afterthought” saying the U.S. needs “innovative diplomacy” to promote economic on the continent.

On strengthening the State Department:

  • Warren recently released a plan – “Revitalizing Diplomacy: A 21st Century Foreign Service” – to strengthen the State Department, promising to double the size of the Foreign Service and the Peace Corps and “open new diplomatic posts in underserved areas to broaden U.S. presence.” She praised diplomats, who “manage conflict, help U.S. companies compete, and assist Americans abroad. Most importantly, they reflect our values on the world stage.”
  • As a senator, she has repeatedly defended funding for international affairs programs and has called for filling vacant diplomatic posts saying, “We need a State Department operating at full capacity.”

On global health:

  • In a major foreign policy article, Senator Warren warned that the danger and “spread of infectious diseases… cannot be solved through military action.”
  • Calling for adequate personnel to respond to global health crises, she co-authored a letter stating that “the threat of a pandemic is serious, and it’s important families know we have a vigilant and experienced team in place and working to protect us against such public health threats.”
  • Joining with other Members of Congress, she co-signed a bipartisan letter in 2013 calling on the United States to double the number of people around the world receiving treatment for HIV and AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
  • The Senator is a member of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus.

On global economic engagement:

  • Senator Warren recognizes the link between economic growth and international engagement, noting, “To grow our economy, we need to sell our products to the rest of the world,” but she is skeptical of international trade deals that she believes favors large multinational corporations at the detriment of workers.
  • She has said, “While international economic policies and trade deals have worked gloriously well for elites around the world, they have left working people discouraged and disaffected.”
  • Warren recognizes the need to take steps to mitigate the effects of climate change, outlining a “Green Marshall Plan,” which will “commit $100 billion to support the export of American-made clean energy products.”

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