Foreign affairs often present complex and delicate situations, requiring U.S. engagement to be very carefully considered. Often the best solutions to tackling global challenges are achieved through a coalition of international actors. Rash decisions, such as rushing into military action without understanding the long-term implications for a particular region, must be prevented. Entanglement in foreign wars causes hardship to our service-members and their families, diverts resources for domestic priorities and has too often caused further destabilization of areas around the world. We must have a more proactive and diplomatic role within our global community in promoting peace, creating stabilization through effective foreign aid, protecting human rights, and ensuring open channels of communication with international partners and organizations.
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