MPP Peace Agenda

A. Resolve Conflicts through Diplomacy

  1. Promote stability in the Middle East by withdrawing all US military forces from the area, replacing US military aid with development aid and engaging diplomatically with all nations in the region.
  2. Implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran without additional sanctions, and restore diplomatic relations with Iran.
  3. Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.
  4. Limit US involvement in African nations' internal affair to strengthen civil society, support domestic development, and mediate domestic conflicts when disputing parties request assistance.
  5. Continue normalization of relations with Cuba by lifting the trade embargo and closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
  6. Lead diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian civil war engaging all interested parties.

B. Build an international infrastructure for peace and prosperity:

  1. Commit the US to strengthening the United Nations by becoming a signatory to the International Criminal Court and International Human Rights Treaties, respecting and upholding international law including military nonintervention, and promoting universal human rights.
    • Commit the United States to strengthening the United Nations, becoming a signatory to the International Criminal Court and International Human Rights Treaties; respecting and upholding international law, military nonintervention, and promoting the human rights of all people.
    • Fully participate in international agreements on climate change.
  2. Develop and strengthen alternatives to military force such as civilian peacekeeping forces, mediation and conflict-resolution, and significantly grow the US diplomatic corps.
    • Create and support organizations and institutions working to resolve conflicts through peaceful means, such as civilian peacekeeping forces, mediation and conflict-resolution.
    • Significantly strengthen the U.S. diplomatic corps by increasing the number of Foreign Service staff.
  3. Commit to just and sustainable economic development strategies.
    • Disentangle U.S. foreign policies from failed economic policies and flawed trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership.
    • Address the devastating effects of large debt burdens on developing countries.
    • Promote policies that require fair and transparent transactions by multinational companies operating in developing nations.
    • Empower local communities to determine their economic development priorities, to identify desired results of their projects and to exercise some authority over the administration of development resources.
  4. Take a leadership role in international agreements on climate change, including reduction of emissions that cause global warming, and develop energy alternatives.

C. Dismantle the infrastructure that encourages militaristic response to conflicts:

  1. Significantly reduce the US defense budget, increase its transparency and ensure the military is accountable for its defense expenditures.
    • Prohibit the US military’s engagement in the internal affairs of other nations.
    • Limit the deployment of missile defense systems to defense of U.S. territory.
  2. Negotiate and approve agreements and treaties such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, that reduce the risk of war.
    • Develop and implement a plan to significantly reduce U.S. military spending to a level not to exceed the total for the world’s next ten top ten military powers.
    • Promote policies that create civilian jobs and reduce the number of uniformed military employees to levels last recorded in the 1950’s.
    • Stop production of unnecessary and ineffective weapons systems, including systems with cost overruns exceeding 10% of their original budget.
    • Reduce the number of permanent foreign U.S. military bases and the number of military personnel overseas.
    • End funding for research, development, procurement and deployment of weapons of mass destruction.
  3. Reaffirm US commitment to the Geneva Conventions, US Rules of Engagement and US Code of Military Conduct.
    • Negotiate a multi-lateral convention to prevent the militarization of space.
    • Reach agreement between the U.S. and other nuclear armed nations to systematically eliminate all nuclear weapons arsenals by 2030.
    • Establish robust Congressional oversight ensuring full transparency in the use of armed drones; and, in cooperation with the UN, develop international laws governing the military and commercial use of drones.
    • Work cooperatively with international organizations to create legal tools for prevention and prosecution of cyber-attacks. Develop and approve legislation that enjoins the U.S. from initiating or engaging in Cyber warfare.