We Need a New U.S. Foreign Policy, a Progressive Foreign Policy

Aug 22, 2021 | PDA News

Alan Minsky for the PDA National Team

Help PDA Promote what we have always stood for: A Progressive Foreign Policy foregrounding Human Rights, Peace and Diplomacy



The near-instantaneous collapse of the US backed government in Afghanistan, propped up by a 20 year occupation, within days of the exit of the US military has sparked a severe humanitarian crisis unfolding in front of the entire world.

It is also proof of the utter failure of U S  foreign policy, one that seeks to dominate the world rather than cooperate.

From our founding in 2004, PDA has stood for something profoundly different – for a U S foreign policy grounded not by the threat of war and “full spectrum dominance;” but rather by diplomacy, human rights, self-determination and cooperation – all of which are necessary to combat our shared enemy, anthropogenic climate change.

At last summer’s Progressive Central conference, we asked the great scholar and activist Phyllis Bennis to outline a vision for a progressive foreign policy. Her response was brilliant and a great place to start a consideration of what a progressive foreign policy platform could be for political candidates across the country:  Phyllis Bennis at Progressive Central 2020.

Want to help build a movement for a progressive foreign  policy?  Here are two ways you can help:

1. Become a PDA sustainer.  As mentioned above we’re in it for the long haul.  PDA will never waiver from promoting the building of a more peaceful and cooperative world.

2. Join our Foreign Policy issue oriented team – led by Marcy Winograd and Jim Carpenter.  This is the space where PDA members will discuss the parameters of a progressive foreign policy with the goal of presenting an outline for such a vision in advance of the 2022 midterm primaries.

Thanks so much for anything you can do.

In solidarity with a more peaceful tomorrow.