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 nine-term Member of Congress, Representative Tim Ryan has defended American leadership in the world, stating “We have got to be strong in the world… We’ve got to project force into the world.”
  • He often views U.S. leadership through the lens of great power competition, particularly with China, saying, “We have to outcompete China. China is our top competitor. They are projecting force into the South China Sea, they’re signing long-term contracts for raw materials into Africa.”

On diplomacy and global development:

  • On diplomatic resources and personnel, Representative Ryan has raised significant concerns on the campaign trail about the State Department not being fully staffed, noting in a recent debate, “We must have our State Department engaged, we must have our military engaged to the extent they need to be.”
  • He has been especially critical of the lack of diplomatic staff in Central America, noting “We don’t even have an ambassador in Honduras… We need to be engaged in these countries before these problems get to our borders… We don’t have an ambassador in Venezuela either and then we wonder why things are spinning out of control.”
  • During his tenure, Congressman Ryan has demonstrated a supportive record on international affairs programs and resources. He voted against amendments to cut the Fiscal Year 2018 International Affairs Budget and voted for the 2016 Global Food Security Act, the Export-Import Bank’s reauthorizations in 2012 and 2015, the 2014 Electrify Africa Act, and the Fiscal Year 2014 State Department Authorization. Ryan also voted against an amendment in 2011 to cut international food aid.
  • Ryan serves on the Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

On global health:

  • In 2011, he co-signed a letter with congressional colleagues to secure funding to fight HIV and AIDS around the world, writing that “these programs amount to a fraction of one percent of the federal budget, but they affect the lives of tens of millions, guard against future conflicts, open up developing markets, and will have lasting impact on the global AIDS epidemic in the long term.”

On global economic engagement:

  • Representative Ryan has expressed significant concerns on the threat China poses not only economically, but also in filling a leadership role on the world stage, noting how China’s Belt and Road Initiative is “literally connecting their country all the way over to Europe, building ports, army bases and military bases in Africa, so we have got to be in those areas, but at the end of the day we’ve got to outcompete them.”

On aid to the Northern Triangle:

  • Representative Ryan has spoken out on the root causes driving migration from the Northern Triangle, stating “We have a responsibility in the United States to protect the American people and that means solving problems in Central America before they get to our borders.”

Relevant Links

In 2018, Representative Tim Ryan spoke at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s State Leaders Summit.