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Vote on November 8th!

Vote on November 8th!

The Foundation's Ukraine in Washington events in September and October incorporated its strategic, "do-tank" perspective for three program achievements by:

  1. focusing on issues affecting Ukraine's democratic development, 
  2. offering recommendations for the next U.S. President and Congress with the assistance of the Friends of Ukraine Network, and,  
  3. collaborating with 14 participating organizations in promoting the Sounding the Alarm for Ukraine & Europe Campaign, a week-long grassroots advocacy initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of Ukraine to U.S. and European  interests.  

    Now, it's your turn to act!  Vote on November 8th

    During the October Ukraine in Washington conference, time was provided to the major party presidential campaigns to address those attending  ... click below to watch the videos.     


     
    Speaker:  Gov. Bob Ehrlich
    Senior Advisor to Trump-Pence Campaign, Surrogate for Mr. Trump 

     


    Speaker:  Amb. Melanne Verveer 
    Senior Advisor to Clinton-Kaine Campaign, Surrogate for Sec. Clinton

     
    Both major presidential parties included Ukraine in their platforms ... 

    Democratic Party Platform 2016 

    Confront Global Threats
    Russia
    Russia is engaging in destabilizing actions along its borders, violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and attempting to recreate spheres of influence that undermine American interests. It is also propping up the Assad regime in Syria, which is brutally attacking its own citizens. Donald Trump would overturn more than 50 years of American foreign policy by abandoning NATO partners­ 44 countries who help us fight terrorism every day­and embracing Russian President Vladimir Putin instead. We believe in strong alliances and will deter Russian aggression, build European resilience, and protect our NATO allies. We will make it clear to Putin that we are prepared to cooperate with him when it is in our interest­as we did on reducing nuclear stockpiles, ensuring Iran could not obtain a nuclear weapon, sanctioning North Korea, and resupplying our troops in Afghanistan­but we will not hesitate to stand up to Russian aggression. We will also continue to stand by the Russian people and push the government to respect the fundamental rights of its citizens.  (pages 43-44) 

    A Leader in the World
    Europe 
    Europe remains America’s indispensable partner and a cornerstone of global security. Democrats will stand with our European allies and partners to deter Russian aggression, address security challenges to Europe’s south, and deal with unprecedented economic and social challenges. We will maintain our steadfast commitment to the special relationship with United Kingdom and the transatlantic partnership with the European Union. We will seek to strengthen our strategic partnership with Turkey while pushing for reforms, end the division of Cyprus, and continue to support a close relationship with states that seek to strengthen their ties to NATO and Europe, such as Georgia and Ukraine. 

    We reject Donald Trump’s threats to abandon our European and NATO allies, all while he praises Putin. When the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001, our NATO allies invoked Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, stating that an attack against one is an attack against all­for the first and only time in its history. Our NATO allies fought alongside us in Afghanistan and are still there today. We will maintain our Article 5 collective security commitments to NATO because we are stronger when we have our allies at our side. And we will continue to push NATO members to contribute their fair share.  (page 50)



    Republican Party Platform 2016

    America Resurgent
    A Dangerous World
    In the international arena, a weak Administration has invited aggression. The results of the Administration’s unilateral approach to disarmament are already clear: An emboldened China in the South China Sea, a resurgent Russia occupying parts of Ukraine and threatening neighbors from the Baltic to the Caucasus, and an aggressive Islamist terror network in the Middle East. We support maintaining and, if warranted, increasing sanctions, together with our allies, against Russia unless and until Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are fully restored. We also support providing appropriate assistance to the armed forces of Ukraine and greater coordination with NATO defense planning. All our adversaries heard the message in the Administration’s cutbacks: America is weaker and retreating. Concomitantly, we honor, support, and thank all law enforcement, first responders, and emergency personnel for their service. (pages 41-42)
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    Renewing the European Alliance 
    For the people of Russia, we affirm our respect and our determination to maintain a friendship beyond the reach of those who wish to divide us. We have common imperatives: Ending terrorism, combating nuclear proliferation, promoting trade, and more. We also have a common problem: The continuing erosion of personal liberty and fundamental rights under the current officials in the Kremlin. Repressive at home and reckless abroad, their policies imperil the nations which regained their self-determination upon the collapse of the Soviet Union. We will meet the return of Russian belligerence with the same resolve that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. We will not accept any territorial change in Eastern Europe imposed by force, in Ukraine, Georgia, or elsewhere, and will use all appropriate constitutional measures to bring to justice the practitioners of aggression and assassination. (pages 49-50) .


 

 

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