Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs

The United States today faces many complex challenges around the world, including 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 is be a top priority.


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. She supports the nuclear agreement between the P5 +1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia) and Iran. The text of the agreement can be found here.

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 further consolidating control in the Middle East and exporting violent terrorism worldwide.

U.S.-China Relations

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 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 prevent conflict in the region.

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