US Senate 2018: Committee on Foreign Relations

The United States faces a rapidly changing geopolitical environment that is challenging American principles and democratic norms across the world. Both friendly and unfriendly autocratic regimes are running rampant with no respect for human rights and the national sovereignty of smaller, less influential states.

The Chinese and Russians, long time American rivals, are growing aggressive in both their military, domestic and covert actions against their own citizens and long-time American allies across Eastern Europe and Asia. Iran grows its influence in the Middle East, arming groups from Yemen to Lebanon and even sponsoring terror cells in Europe as its agreements with the West fall apart.

Even American allies are often at odds with the US as the Trump administration demands increases in military spending and better trade terms. Can the US Senate be a guiding hand in reshaping international policy as America faces potentially the most tumultuous period in international politics of the century?

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