Advancing American Interests and Values

Divisive, populist and ethno-nationalist rhetoric has no place in our politics. Instead, robust international alliances and institutions, and inclusive and sustainable growth should be the underpinning of America’s foreign policy and global economic engagement.

 We must put our country and our citizens on the right trajectory for 21st Century realities.

 ALI’s comprehensive vision embraces a realistic policy framework that will strengthen and reform our global alliances and institutions and double-down on our shared American values. Pursuing development, trade and diplomatic policies guided by these values will result in better, more sustainable outcomes for our country.

Our Five Policy Pillars

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1. Advance Inclusive Economic Opportunity at Home and Abroad

America must pursue international and domestic policies that are sustainable, inclusive and democratic.

o Implement a comprehensive domestic support system, including training and technical assistance programs to train American workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

o Reform foreign assistance across its various entities to be more efficient and effective, while fostering rule of law and good governance in recipient countries.

o Use development financing to facilitate the purchase of U.S. ICT equipment (as opposed to Chinese equipment) by developing countries, promoting both national security as well as exports and jobs locally and in country.

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2. Pursue Smart and Tough Trade

America must pursue tough trade rules domestically while working with its allies to restore a strong international rules-based framework.

o Negotiate high standard trade agreements across regions or sectors, with effective dispute resolution and enforcement mechanisms.

o Work with allies to reform and strengthen international institutions, starting with the World Trade Organization.

o Enact measures to level the playing field between labor and business in monitoring and enforcement of trade agreements.

o Update trade remedy tools for more effective enforcement of trade, labor and environmental provisions.

o Create legal aid fund to provide funding for workers, NGOs and small businesses who want to pursue trade cases.

o Focus new trade policies and agreements on the industries of tomorrow.

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3. Meet the China Challenge

The U.S. must work with its allies to develop polices to address the economic and security challenges posed by China’s political and economic model.

o Vigorously pursue WTO cases against China’s market distorting practices, including exploring a nullification and impairment case against China’s WTO membership.

o Negotiate high standard regional and sectoral agreements with like-minded countries.

o Allocate additional funding to provide developing countries a credible alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

o Increase government investment in U.S. R&D, key technologies and basic research.

o Collaborate with China in areas of common interest or concern like climate change and pandemics.

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4. Lead on Climate Change

America must work with its allies to develop global and domestic policies to address climate change and its impacts.

o America should stay in the Paris Climate Accord; the U.S. withdrawal notice doesn’t take effect until November 2020.

o Ambitious plans to reduce carbon should be implemented, including a carbon tax.

o The U.S. should devote increased research funding to developing new low carbon solutions.

o Negotiate a high standard environmental goods agreement which contains border adjustment provisions for a carbon tax.

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5. Integrate Development, Trade and Diplomatic Policies

The U.S. government should institute reforms to overcome silos and ensure coordination of trade, development and diplomatic policies and programs to achieve desired outcomes.