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 major in the Hawaii National Guard who served tours in Iraq and Kuwait, Representative Tulsi Gabbard has emphasized diplomacy and working with allies, saying “I will build partnerships with other nations based on shared interests, leading with a foreign policy not based on conflict, but instead cooperation.”
  • A vocal skeptic of American military intervention abroad, she has expressed concern about “nation building” and “regime change wars.”

On diplomacy, global development, and national security:

  • Representative Gabbard been a strong supporter of diplomacy as a key instrument of national security, saying, “Civilian-led instruments of diplomacy and international development play an integral role in America’s power and influence.”
  • In 2014, she led a congressional letter with Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) in support of resources for diplomacy and global development, writing that “These investments, while modest in size, provide a significant return when it comes to defending the interests and security of the American people.”
  • A three-term member on the Foreign Affairs Committee and Armed Services Committee, Gabbard has a supportive record on the International Affairs Budget. For Fiscal Year 2018, she voted against two amendments that would have cut the International Affairs Budget topline. She voted in favor of the 2016 Global Food Security Act, the 2015 reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, the 2014 Electrify Africa Act, and the Fiscal Year 2014 State Department Authorization.
  • Calling for a foreign policy comprised of cooperation and conflict-resolution, saying, “My approach to our foreign policy around the world would be to lead with a foreign policy that’s based on cooperation rather than conflict,” Gabbard noted that “the only alternative to diplomacy and talks and negotiations is war.”

On global health:

  • Marking the 15th anniversary of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2018, Representative Gabbard joined with congressional colleagues in co-signing a letter calling for continued resources and support, and stating that “U.S. leadership, through PEPFAR, bilateral partnerships, and with multilateral investments in the Global Fund, has been transformative in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

On global economic engagement:

  • Congresswoman Gabbard is skeptical of international trade agreements that she believes have benefit large corporations and harm American workers, saying, “The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is a bad deal for the American people. The loss of US jobs under TPP would likely be unprecedented.”
  • She has expressed concern for American workers saying, “They saw what happened during NAFTA, how these trade deals benefit large corporations at the expense of them, their hard work, and the local economy.”

On aid to the Northern Triangle:

  • While supportive of providing aid to the Northern Triangle, Congresswoman Gabbard has also called for increased transparency and efficiency, saying, “We need to not only reinstate the aid that this Administration has stopped, but actually look at what those aid dollars are being used for.”
  • She has added that “If there are countries where you have a corrupt government in place and we’re not able to account for those dollars getting to those people, let’s look at other means to provide that aid directly to people who can then be empowered to take care of themselves, their families, and strengthen their own communities.”

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