State of Georgia Archives: on Foreign Policy


Jim Barksdale: Use all the tools of diplomacy in the pursuit of peace

While there is a role for Americans to fight alongside other nations to address global conflicts, Jim believes we must move beyond a time where we are involved in wars of choice, like Iraq, rather than limiting our actions to those that are key to our national interest and security, like Afghanistan after 9/11.

In the U.S. Senate, Jim will be a voice for using all the tools of diplomacy in the pursuit of peace--including trade deals that provide an equal playing field for American workers and enhance our exports-- and work to end U.S. military involvement in wars that our not ours to fight, as doing so can make matters worse and ultimately leave our country less safe.

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website JimBarksdale.com Aug 8, 2016

Derrick Grayson: 900 military bases in 150 countries is an empire

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website, grayson2016.com Oct 9, 2015

Allen Buckley: We face significant problems, including foreign intervention

Libertarian enters Senate race: "My campaign will emphasize the real issues and provide solutions to the significant problems our country faces, including excessive debt, entitlements, regulation and foreign intervention," Buckley said.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2016 Georgia Senate race Oct 7, 2015

Jason Carter: Declares his powerful connection to Israel

Like many candidates, Jason Carter, the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia, is courting the Jewish vote. But when Carter, a state senator, declared his "powerful connection" to Israel, it was more than a campaign sound bite. It was a not-so-subtle attempt to distance himself from a man he has loved and admired since boyhood: his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter.

The former president's views on Israel are not the only ones to make his grandson squirm. Of the elder Carter's call to ban the death penalty, his grandson said, "I love my grandfather, but we disagree."

The elder Mr. Carter has plunged into his grandson's campaign. "He got elected governor of Georgia by shaking 600,000 hands," the younger Mr. Carter said. "That's what he would tell you: 'You've got to go to the grocery store and shake everybody's hand.' "

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race Jul 26, 2014

Michelle Nunn: Our military is but one element of our national power

We need to use all the tools at our disposal. It is imperative that we continue to play a role in preserving global order and promoting safety and prosperity when and where we can. But we don't need to shoulder this burden alone or rely exclusively on our military--we have a host of allies who share our interests and more tools at our disposal to accomplish our objectives than any other country.

I also believe that we should be judicious before employing the awesome power of America's military and sending our fighting men and women into harm's way on our behalf. Our military is but one element of our national power; we have significant resources, such as our economic strength, our global competitiveness, and our diplomatic power that allow us to secure our interests.

Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, MichelleNunn.com Jul 2, 2014

Karen Handel: FactCheck: Only $2.2M on USAID pottery in Morocco, not $27M

Handel has started an "Only in Washington" website highlighting government waste. Day 8's item: "Only in Washington would politicians spend $27 million to teach Moroccans how to make pottery. While Morocco is no doubt a lovely place, we have families in Georgia that are being hurt by high taxes fueling out of control spending. What's worse is that the program was deemed a failure."

The facts: In 2009, USAID began a $30 million, four-year plan to help increase the economic competitiveness of Morocco. A key part of the project included training Moroccans to create pottery to sell domestically as well as internationally. But the pottery program was riddled with problems and its intended focus on women and youths was not fulfilled. Of the $27 million, the pottery training was only a fraction of the cost--about 8% of the total program. Some may still consider that amount, $2.2 million, a large expense for pottery training and promotion, but it is not close to the $27 million that Handel claimed.

Source: PolitiFact AdWatch on 2014 Georgia Senate debate Aug 7, 2013

Sonny Perdue: Lead business & trade delegation to Cuba

Governor Sonny Perdue will lead a 43-person delegation in a business mission to explore trade opportunities with Cuba, the Governor's office announced today. The group will leave for Havana Sunday, June 6 and return to Georgia Tuesday, June 8.

"Our intent with this mission is to develop relationships that can bring more business for our companies and for the state," said Governor Perdue. "The global accessibility we can provide through the Georgia Ports and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport already position Georgia as a prime trade partner for Cuba, and open other economic development opportunities for us as well."

Governor Perdue will lead the group in a business roundtable with Alimport, Cuba's primary purchasing agency for commodities, on June 7. The Governor will also meet with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Relations and other Cuban government leaders.

Source: Georgia voting records: press release on Mission to Cuba Jun 4, 2010

Karen Handel: Join state business mission to China

Governor Sonny Perdue is pleased to announce details of the business mission to the People's Republic of China, March 30-April 5, 2008 that he mentioned in his State of the State speech. After business calls in Shanghai, the Governor will travel to Beijing to open Georgia's 11th economic development office outside the U.S. Joining Governor Perdue will be Secretary of State Karen Handel, senior officials from the General Assembly, the Department of Economic Development, the University System, and the Georgia Ports Authority, and business leaders from throughout the state.

"Our office in Beijing will join our global commerce teams in cities all over the world, making Georgia an even more desirable location for foreign direct investment and tourism while facilitating the entry of Georgia businesses into foreign markets," said Governor Sonny Perdue.

China was Georgia's third-largest export destination at $1.1 billion in 2006.

Source: Georgia voting records: press release on Mission to China Jan 18, 2008

Sonny Perdue: Lead business & trade delegation to China

Governor Sonny Perdue is pleased to announce details of the business mission to the People's Republic of China, March 30-April 5, 2008 that he mentioned in his State of the State speech. The Governor will participate in Delta Air Lines' inaugural daily service between Atlanta and Shanghai. After business calls in Shanghai, the Governor will travel to Beijing to open Georgia's 11th economic development office outside the U.S. Joining Governor Perdue will be senior state officials and business leaders from throughout the state.

"Our office in Beijing will join our global commerce teams in cities all over the world, making Georgia an even more desirable location for foreign direct investment and tourism while facilitating the entry of Georgia businesses into foreign markets," said Governor Sonny Perdue.

China was Georgia's third-largest export destination at $1.1 billion in 2006.

Source: Georgia voting records: press release on Mission to China Jan 18, 2008

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