"America's approach to Africa stems from both our ideals and our interests. We believe that every human life is precious… We believe our spirit is renewed when we help African children and families live and thrive.” – President George W. Bush, 2008

American Leadership


"I know out there there's a guy getting on with his life, perfectly happily, minding his own business, saying to you, the political leaders of this country, ‘Why me? And why us? And why America?’ And the only answer is, ‘Because destiny put you in this place in history, in this moment in time, and the task is yours to do.’” - Prime Minister Tony Blair, 2003



"The expansion and success of political and economic freedom is critical to our interests in every region of the world and nowhere more so than in our own hemisphere. It’s no coincidence that the rise of economic prosperity in the Western Hemisphere is directly related or directly coincides with the democratic gains of the previous two decades." – Senator Marco Rubio, 2012



"America’s future is linked to the future of the Asia-Pacific region; and the future of this region depends on America. The United States has a strong interest in continuing its tradition of economic and strategic leadership, and Asia has a strong interest in the United States remaining a dynamic economic partner and a stabilizing military influence.” – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 2010



"I do not believe… that we have to choose between strong fiscal discipline and strong national defense. We owe it to our citizens to provide both strong fiscal discipline and a strong national defense." - Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, 2011

Democracy and Human Rights


"Do not forget those who suffer under tyranny and violence. Do not abandon them to the evils of totalitarian rule or democratic neglect. For the freedom we celebrate is not the freedom to starve, or the freedom to languish in a long starless night of the soul. This, at least, is something that should be beyond debate." – President Ronald Reagan, 1992



"Over the life of the transatlantic alliance there has been no shortage of squabbles and setbacks. But through it all, we managed to get the big things right over time. We came together to make the tough decisions in the face of dissension at home and threats abroad. And I take heart in the knowledge that we can do so again.” - Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, 2011

Middle East


"Realistically, the road ahead for all of the Middle Eastern countries experiencing the Arab Spring will be difficult and fraught with potential pitfalls. However, despite the uncertainties and the challenges, I have no doubt that the future is also full of great possibilities for the people of the Middle East and for their relations with the United States.” – Senator Joe Lieberman, 2011

The War on Terror


"We are engaged in a hard struggle against a cruel and determined adversary. Our enemies have made clear the danger they pose to our security and to the very essence of our culture ...liberty. Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. Like all wars, this one will have its ups and downs. But we must fight. We must.” – Senator John McCain, 2004 


Mission Statement

The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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