As our foreign engagement system around the

As a citizen of the United States and an educated diplomat, I, Mohammad Siddiqi, would like to propose ideas and implementations that our president and foreign advisors can build up their foreign policy from. I believe that our foreign engagement system around the world is partly flawed in different categories. This proposal will try its best to address such issues and develop solutions that could shape and vitalize our current foreign policy. First and foremost, prominent and important global issues must be addressed. These are types of issues that can affect the safety of American lives. For example, terrorism is a rising, pernicious problem that bothers several countries around the world. Terrorism has cost hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States alone. Events such as the attack on the Twin Towers or Pearl Harbor should be halted from the stop. In order to fix these problems, you must first find its origin. The United States must engage and cooperate with countries that house these terrorists in order to prevent them from developing into malicious machines. In regard to Islamic terrorism, the most prevalent type of terrorism today, we must develop close bonds with cooperative leadership in Middle Eastern countries. Although it will be costly to maintain their cooperation (i.e. offering trade exports), we, in return will be saving more lives that are lost to terrorism. In a more specific lense — I believe that worldwide corruption is a problem we must fight again, such as with North Korea. North Korea is publicly known to be extremely strict in their regime. According to an international non-governmental organization called Transparency International (IV), North Korea is ranked 175 out of 177 countries that are viewed to be corrupt. Under their “supreme commander,” Kim-Jong Un, fellow inhabitants are prone to attacks on their privacy, are forced to spread government tales in local media, and are completely blacked out from the rest of the world. Unfortunately, problems such as these lead to starvation and violent protesting. As people who live under and abide the Constitution and Bill of Rights, I believe us Americans should work together with other countries in cleansing corruption from the world. Although it is impossible to completely remove such a thing, I can see a lot less of the world contaminated by corrupted ideologies. In order to accomplish such a feat, the world must decide what is corrupt and attempt to clean the rest of the world of its corruption. This can be facilitated non-violently by cutting trade routes and business with North Korea in attempt to force the unequal hierarchy to break apart. The world’s countries dependant and are depended on by other countries. There are other issues within the foreign policy system that must be reviewed and changed within the next few years. One that sparks controversy is diplomatic immunity. As a diplomat myself, I believe allowing ambassadors and diplomats to be exempt from local punishment for committing crimes is unethical and immoral. Countries should come up with laws for specific country relationships in order to maintain justice, even over ambassadors. I believe that this would foremost introduce an equal, unfavored playing field for all countries when discussing other tools of foreign policy. For example, during the meetings of heads of Senate, all representatives and officials will be given a sense of equality in their thoughts. In broader terms, this sense of partnership and equality in-laws could even form a relationship that maintains peace or even introduce commerce — feeling equal to others clears a table all can benefit from. In an attempt to fix ongoing problems in the world right now in relation to other countries’ motives and decisions, I will continue the proposal by addressing specific scenarios where the United States could step in and help improve the state of the world:North Korea and their nuclear plans have noticeably accelerated the past year. According to an article in the Washington Post, their nuclear missiles “…test-fired long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles twice and said the entire U.S. was now in range; … fired missiles over Japan twice; … threatened the U.S. territory of Guam; and … carried out its sixth nuclear test, detonating what it said was a hydrogen bomb that could be fitted onto an ICBM. In order to continue to fight against North Korea’s dangerous actions, I believe the United States should work together with affluent countries in the UN by sanctioning North Korea. China, for example, could work together with the United States in making it difficult for North Korea to maintain commercial relationships until they join the UN or stop their crazed shenanigans.For years, Russia has been closely present in Syria’s land and affairs, and for much longer, in Ukraine’s. I believe that Russia’s foreign-policy agenda is very unforgiving of other countries and selfish. As advocates of the safety of the people, I hope to see the United States, using soft power, help defend the miserable lives of Syrians against both Russian policy and terrorism in the Middle East and free Ukraine of its unwanted caretaker. Foreign policy should look towards improvement rather than having other countries do the dirty work for you (i.e. eliminating terrorist groups).The recent demonstrations and protests in Iran for democracy and granting of basic human rights have turned into violent protests. I hope to see the United States contacting and meeting with the Iranian authorities and officials in order to fight against the misery Iranians have been suffering. Given the fact that sanctions are affecting the people of the country so heavily, the United States should propose a partial alleviation to sanctioning in Iran. However, it should not stop at that. We should assist in delivering these Iranians the basic moral and human rights they ask for as citizens of the United States who truly exercise these rights.The United States was right to suspend trade benefits with Myanmar in 1989 as officials in the country were abusive towards their inhabitants and violently suppressed the people’s democratic protests. It was the wrong decision to lift these sanctions as Obama did in 2015. This is because, as the Foreign Policy Journal words it, “…President Obama’s short-sighted policy decision ignored the long developing tension between Myanmar and the Rohingya. In fact, President Obama seemed unwilling to implement policies to protect the Rohingya.” Due to the unfortunate fact that lives were taken between Myanmar’s and Rohingya’s exchange, I believe that the misguided policy must be reverted to its old state in 1989 as the people of the countries are still struggling and suffering. I wish to see “…prioritization of human rights of the Rohingya above any long-term interests in trade and investment.”China is constructing artificial, man-made islands in the south of the China Sea. Neighboring countries, such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Japan, who have access to trade routes and passages, are concerned about China’s growing presence in their area as they are building a military base atop the island. Over the past years, although it has been sighted and confirmed that the island has been militarized, China has adamantly been declining the fact. We should definitely investigate this problem as China’s growing influence in military and its technology could be dangerous for the rest of the world; especially if China’s goals align with Russia’s. I believe foreign affairs regarding issues with China is very difficult to sort. This is because China is such a big power and Russia has similar plans to them. As big threats, I see the only solution for the United States and neighboring South Asian countries is to negotiate territorial boundaries overseas and discussing the production of artificial islands in the internationally indisputable territory. As mentioned previously, the most important factor for the United States in regards to foreign policy is keeping the lives of Americans safe. I believe my proposal for more “soft power”-oriented policies will make Americans around the country feel safer. Approaching other countries without violent intentions will naturally create peace between countries. For example, conversing with Middle Eastern countries who unwillingly house notorious terrorists could (with collective effort) lead to the controlling of these terrorists and prevent them from causing harm to inhabitants of any country. Furthermore, maintaining close-bonded relationships with other countries will prevent war while also promoting peace and cooperation between countries. American lives do not have to suffer from being devastated by war with friendly engagements and negotiations. In consideration of other countries, my proposal will promote democratic and humane privileges for people in countries around the around. For example, countries like Iran would no longer fall in hand to a corrupt, selfish ruler who immorally discards basic human rights. Countries will also be under the security of the United States when other countries, such as Russia, who berate and forcingly control countries they do not own. The United States will fight for equality and end the bullying small countries receive from bigger ones. An argument against my proposal could be that we should focus more on “hard power,” especially against countries that are not affected by sanctions or continually serves to be a threat towards our country. This proposal is an “attack first” ideology. Another argument against my proposal could be asking why the United States is the one that takes initiative and partial responsibility when there are other countries that are equally able to do so. Some arguments that support my proposal are those which coincide with “soft power.” This type of argument agrees that foreign affairs are best dealt with by maintaining peace through non-violent cooperation. Another argument that supports my proposal is one that seeks the betterment of the lives of people around the world. This means that they want improvement in countries that exercise no equal or humanitarian rights for the people. Money inevitably becomes an issue when dealing with foreign affairs and amending problems internationally. For example, in the case of China’s military buildup and presence in the China Sea, the United States will have to pump a lot of money on submarines and ships that will patrol areas around the China Sea to make sure the Chinese are not doing anything dangerous. Additionally, given the implication that China does do something dangerous, these United States militants will have to invest in heavy amounts of ammunition to defend the United States (and themselves) from China. The costs nationally would be the manufacturing of several naval vehicles and costs internationally could potentially be the lives of brave soldiers who trek across the ocean to keep Americans safe. In conclusion, my proposal, centered mostly on soft power, intends to continuously keep the United States a safe place from foreign threats. Furthermore, this proposal will engage cooperation and coordination between countries across the oceans in order to maintain a world as close to a peaceful, non-corrupt world as it can be.


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