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A Foreign Policy for All: One Day Conference on Re-Thinking U.S. Foreign Policy for the 21st Century

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

It’s time for a change.

After years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with their terrible toll of death and destruction, we are fighting again in the Middle East.  But growing numbers of Americans are debating the values and goals of U.S. foreign policy, with its heavy reliance on military intervention.  Why has it been so unsuccessful? What is the appropriate role for our nation in today’s world?  How does our investment in a gigantic, costly military establishment affect our foreign policy decisions?

Quakers roll out new vision for U.S. foreign policy

Fields of rice seedlings on North Korea farm

AFSC staff walking between beds of rice seedlings at an AFSC partner farm north of Pyongyang, North Korea.

Examples of positive alternatives to war and violence abound in AFSC’s work, but showing policymakers the effectiveness of a “common good” approach to foreign policy is a challenge. A new collaboration between AFSC and FCNL hopes to change that.

U.S. needs to back African efforts

A Letter from the Director

Dereje Wordofa, AFSC Regional Director for Africa

Dereje Wordofa, AFSC Regional Director for Africa

By Dereje Wordofa, regional director of Africa for the American Friends Service Committee

Toward a just foreign policy

What would a just foreign policy look like? In this keynote address to Nebraskans for Peace, Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, explains why human rights at home and around the world must be our base.

Kathleen speech to NFP 5-18-13

Kathleen McQuillen at Iraq War 8th anniversary rally

Kathleen McQuillen at Iraq War 8th anniversary rally

Kathleen McQuillen of AFSC speaks at a rally marking the eighth anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq. View the slideshow.

Kathleen McQuillen's keynote speech on a just foreign policy to Nebraskans For Peace, May 18, 2013.

Meeting with International Visitors in Des Moines

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 6:30pm

Please join us for an informal meeting with international visitors from Egypt, Hong Kong, Nepal, and the Palestinian Territories. They are in Des Moines with the Iowa Council on International Understanding under a state department study program. Their focus is on US Foreign and Human Rights Policies

For more info, contact Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC - Iowa Program Coordinator, 515-274-4851, ext: 22.

Chomsky and Sarwar - Days of Hope and Challenge: Understanding the Middle East and South/Central Asia

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

An evening with renowned social analyst Noam Chomsky and Pakistani journalist
and human rights leader Beena Sarwar.

A Benefit Program for AFSC’s Peace & Economic Security Program.

Talk: 7-8:30
Suggested Contribution: $10
Students: $5

Reception with speakers: 8:30-10
$50 Suggested Contribution

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