The United States today faces a number of complex challenges in many parts of the world, including instability in the Middle East and rising tensions in East Asia generated by maritime and territorial disputes, to name a few. Senator Feinstein strongly believes that the United States remains an indispensable nation in the world, and that U.S. disengagement would not further our interests or national security.
It is also Senator Feinstein’s aim to see that the United States remain a champion for democracy, justice and human rights. She believes the best way to do this is by example, by listening and by understanding that America's great strength is not just our military prowess but also our global moral leadership.
Senator Feinstein believes the only way to secure Israel as a democratic, Jewish state is to establish an independent Palestinian state by its side. In order to end the tragic cycle of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, resolving the conflict through a negotiated two-state solution is be a top priority.
Senator Feinstein believes the historic Arab Spring revolutions resulted in challenges and opportunities for the United States. She supports the people throughout the region who desire more freedoms and opportunities and to live in inclusive societies.
At the same time, Senator Feinstein does not want to see violent extremists take advantage of this period of turmoil. She believes the United States should continue to support democratic transitions, while also working to lessen the violence and sectarian conflict that has too-often taken place.
There is no more important long-term bilateral relationship for the United States than the relationship with China. The entry of China into the World Trade Organization, which Senator Feinstein strongly supported, continues to expand opportunities for California companies to export a wide variety of products to the growing Chinese market. She will continue to strongly advocate for improved Sino-American political, security and economic ties as well as better cultural understanding.
Senator Feinstein is concerned by rising tensions between China and its neighbors, especially territorial and maritime disputes. She supports using diplomatic means to resolve disagreements and all efforts to uphold international law as well as peace and stability in the region.
Protecting the cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic identity of the Tibetan people is one of the Senator’s top priorities. She has long sponsored legislation to encourage U.S. support for the Tibetan people, and to encourage dialogue between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government.
Senator Feinstein strongly believes that the only way to peacefully resolve the international community’s dispute with Iran over its nuclear program is through diplomacy.
Senator Feinstein believes that in the coming years the United States should continue to strongly support the Afghan government and its security forces. She believes the primary goal of our Afghanistan policy should continue to be preventing the Taliban from returning to power and allowing al-Qaeda to re-establish a presence, which would threaten American lives and our national security interests.
An essential part of this effort is continuing to support the training and equipping of the Afghan National Security Forces and to encourage Pakistan to eliminate terrorist safe havens along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border.
Full funding of the International Affairs Budget
Senator Feinstein believes that today, more than ever, it is critical that we continue to fund our U.S. International Affairs Budget, as diplomacy and development should be considered an integral part of our national security strategy. At less than 1 percent of the federal budget, the diplomacy and development budget is a smart investment for the future.
U.S. foreign assistance programs offer relief to the millions of victims of poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy found throughout the developing world. Giving these communities the tools to target the root causes of instability helps promote basic humanitarian values and establish greater stability and security abroad.