A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
Our country’s security is now tied more closely than ever to the security of the other nations. Threats to shared security come from transnational organizations, diseases, scarcity or climate as often as from sovereign nations. In this context, the countries of the world need to work together.
The U.S. war in Afghanistan may come to a close next year. The transition process must involve a comprehensive, Afghan-led regional agreement to promote regional stability. The U.S. should maintain a meaningful level of non-military engagement post 2014.
The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed after the attacks of 11 September 2001, and provides the legal cornerstone for the so-called U.S. "war on terror."
Widespread and indiscriminate use of drones may carry some significant negative moral consequences for the United States. Under poor logic, the U.S. may conduct strikes and engage in undeclared war with little or no congressional or public oversight.
Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament are essential to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons. Continued reductions of the arsenal, along with the protection of key non-proliferation programs, will lead to a safer and more peaceful world.
Robust, sustained diplomacy is essential to prevent war and a nuclear-armed Iran. FCNL lobbies against broad sanctions that foreclose diplomatic options, punish Iranian civilians, and push the United States and Iran closer toward war.
Building on more than a century of Quaker witness for Middle East peace, FCNL advocates for the U.S. to support a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rooted in international law and the principles of self-determination and equality for all.
The U.S. can help save lives by supporting robust diplomacy to end the Syrian civil war. FCNL opposes U.S. military intervention, which would only escalate the bloodshed, and urges generous humanitarian aid and a negotiated settlement that includes all parties to the conflict, including Iran.
U.S. Policy in Africa
The U.S. needs a more holistic approach to security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Congress and the Administration must promote policies that engage nations as equal partners in advancing peace, prosperity and justice – not ones disproportionately led by the Department of Defense.
Preventing Violent Conflict
In a complex and globalized security environment, the US must shift its foreign policy away from late military responses to crises towards early, inclusive and locally-led approaches to prevention that proactively address the root causes of conflict.