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Toward a just foreign policy

Toward a just foreign policy

Published: May 20, 2013
Kathleen McQuillen

Kathleen McQuillen is AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator.

Photo: AFSC / Jon Krieg

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.

"If we tolerate factory explosions in Texas, we will not support safety programs to prevent factory collapses in Bangladesh," Kathleen says. "If we accept the environmental racism of the Keystone pipeline, efforts to move backwards on gender equality, and a US wealth and democracy gap providing exorbitant riches for some and poverty for many, many more, then we will not let what George Kennan called 'unreal objectives like human rights' impact our policies beyond our borders."

To read the full text of Kathleen's speech, click here.