A. Resolve international and civil conflicts through diplomacy:
- Engage diplomatically with other nations to resolve conflicts.
- Promote stability by replacing US military aid with development aid.
- Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.
Senator Smith supports the Iran nuclear agreement and negotiations with Russia to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles. Council for a Livable World, April 2018
“It is also important to recognize that our national security is best served when the military is not our only tool. We must also make effective use of diplomacy and development. Diplomacy is essential if we are going to solve tough security challenges from the Middle East to China and North Korea – without dangerous military conflict.” – Senator Smith’s website, March 2018
“It is also important to recognize that our national security is best served when the military is not our only tool. We must also make effective use of diplomacy and development…… Fostering development is not only good for the communities where it happens – it is good for the U.S. because it promotes stability and prosperity and fosters alliances.” – Senator Smith’s website, March 2018
Senator Smith has not yet supported S. 1158, the Elie Weisel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act. – FCNL site, March 2018
The Senator does not support S720 legitimizing Israeli settlements in U.S. law. – FCNL site, March 2018
B. Build an infrastructure for peace and prosperity:
- Develop and strengthen alternatives to military force such as civilian peacekeeping forces, diplomacy, mediation and conflict resolution, and significantly grow the US diplomatic corps.
- Commit the US to strengthening the United Nations and approving agreements and treaties such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that reduce the risk of war.
- Commit to just and sustainable economic development strategies around the world.
Senator Smith supports negotiations with Russia to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles. Council for a Livable World, April 2018
Senator Smith signed on to a letter to the President regarding the Nuclear Posture Review:
“…..the policies outlined in the NPR increase the risk of a nuclear arms race and raise the real possibility of nuclear conflict”. The U.S. has….. “a unique responsibility to continue to lead the international community towards eventual nuclear disarmament.” – Jan 29, 2018
C. Dismantle the infrastructure that encourages militaristic responses to conflicts:
- Significantly reduce the US defense budget, increase its transparency and ensure the military is accountable for its defense expenditures.
- Reduce the number of military bases and military personnel in the U.S. and overseas.
- Discontinue the practice of providing military equipment or training assistance to human rights abusers.
Senator Smith Smith has not yet supported S.J. Res. 54, blocking the sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia. – FCNL site, 3/13/18