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

On U.S. global leadership:

  • A former intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has positioned himself as an advocate of U.S. engagement in the world, stating in a major campaign foreign policy speech that “The world needs America. But not just any America… It has to be an America that knows how to make better the everyday life of its citizens and of people around the world, knowing how much one has to do with the other.”
  • He has warned of the consequences of America pulling back from the world, saying “if we withdraw, there are countries, especially China, that are more than willing to fill the vacuum,” adding that “China is investing more than $1 trillion in its Belt and Road initiative, expanding its political and economic influence by building infrastructure throughout the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.”

On diplomacy, development, and national security:

  • Mayor Buttigieg’s views have been shaped by his service in the U.S. Navy, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant and deployed to Afghanistan. He has called for the U.S. to “renew our national security architecture” including America’s “diplomatic and development institutions”.
  • He has also underscored the links between defense, diplomacy, and development, stating “Before, during, and after a deployment troops we should also deploy diplomatic, development, and security assistance to guard against future instability.”
  • Mayor Buttigieg has called the Marshall Plan as one of the U.S.’s most successful post-World War II foreign policy endeavors, writing that “The design, implementation and success of the Marshall Plan… our leadership… has been based not only on our power but also on the ideals of America and our allies.”

On global development and economic engagement:

  • As mayor of South Bend, he has recognized the value of American leadership and engagement for local economies, saying, “I have seen the local impact of global engagements.”
  • Citing the progress that has been achieved in global development, Mayor Buttigieg has noted that “more than a billion people have been lifted out of extreme, grinding poverty”.
  • Pointing to the economic opportunity in Africa, he has described how the “continent now boasts some of the fastest-growing economies in the world” and said that “the United States must stand ready to put our values into action, to promote empowerment alongside economic engagement.”

On aid to the Northern Triangle:

  • Mayor Buttigieg has spoken out on addressing the root causes of migration from Central America saying that engagement will help and “that means adding not subtracting to USAID efforts in Central America so that we can better address the crime, corruption, and poverty that contributes to mass migration in the first place.”

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Mayor Buttigieg previously served as a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Indiana State Advisory Committee.