Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs

The United States today faces many complex challenges around the world, including the spread of nuclear weapons, instability in the Middle East and rising tensions in East Asia.

It is Senator Feinstein’s goal to ensure the United States remains a champion for democracy, justice and human rights. She believes the best way to do this is by example. America's strength is our global moral leadership, not just our military prowess.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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 must be a top priority.


Senator Feinstein strongly believes that the only way to peacefully ensure that Iran does not develop or acquire a nuclear weapon is through diplomacy.   

She strongly disagrees with the Trump Administration’s decision to violate the Iran nuclear agreement, and believes that the United States should rejoin the agreement as soon as possible.

Middle East

Senator Feinstein strongly supports U.S. and international efforts to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). She believes that the international community must take action to prevent this terror organization from re-consolidating control in the Middle East and exporting violent terrorism worldwide.

U.S.-China Relations

Maintaining a stable relationship with China is vital to the United States’ long-term economic prosperity and national security.

While Senator Feinstein supports robust trade between the United States and China, she is concerned by China’s restrictions on foreign investment and theft of intellectual property. 

Further, Senator Feinstein is concerned by China’s militarization of the South and East China Seas, and opposes all efforts to resolve disputes through the use of force. She believes China should uphold its international obligations and define its territorial claims based on international law.

Despite disagreements in the Sino-American relationship, Senator Feinstein will continue to strongly advocate for improved Sino-American political, security and economic ties as well as better cultural understanding.

Related Records

June 2009

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6/17/09 Senators Feinstein, Akaka, Feingold, Durbin, Harkin, Leahy, Levin and Reed Push for U.S. Support of Arms Trade Treaty

May 2009

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5/14/09 Senators Feinstein and Hutchison Denounce Trumped-Up Charges Brought Against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s Democratically Elected Leader; Renew Calls for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Suu Kyi and All Burmese Political Prisoners

April 2009

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4/20/09 Senator Feinstein Urges President Obama to Consider Placing Armed Security Teams on U.S. Flag Shipping Vessels to Protect Against Somali Piracy As Stop-Gap Measure
4/14/09 Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma Calls on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Exert More International Political Pressure on Burma’s Military Junta Files

January 2009

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1/3/09 Let’s Commit to a Nuclear-Free World - The Wall Street Journal

December 2008

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12/3/08 New Treaty Should Prompt New Administration To Review U.S. Policy On Cluster Munitions

November 2008

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11/13/08 Senators Feinstein and Hutchison Condemn the Harsh and Unjust Sentencing of 61 Democracy Activists in Burma; Renew Calls for the Release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all Political Prisoners

August 2008

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8/29/08 President Signs Feinstein-Chambliss-Nunes-Costa Legislation to Protect Benefits of America’s Military “Sole Survivors”

July 2008

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7/17/08 Statement of Senator Feinstein on Bill to Reauthorize President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief