MPP Peace Agenda

A. Resolve international and civil conflicts through diplomacy:

  1. Engage diplomatically with other nations to resolve conflicts.
  2. Promote stability by replacing US military aid with development aid.
  3. Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.

B. Build an infrastructure for peace and prosperity:

  1. 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 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. 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.
    • 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 around the world.
    • 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.

C. Dismantle the infrastructure that encourages militaristic responses 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. Reduce the number of military bases and military personnel in the U.S. and overseas.
    • 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. Discontinue the practice of providing military equipment or training assistance to human rights abusers.
    • 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.