A Safe & Secure World
America’s economy does best when other nations are doing well.
We need trading partners who buy our manufactured and agricultural products as well as investors in American securities and businesses.
“Whether it’s supporting farmers to grow crops, helping to build better roads so goods can be driven to markets, or teaching children in order to build a more educated workforce, all of these things add to the economic well-being of a country, which, in turn, means new markets are available for American goods.”
- Chris Policinski, CEO, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Encouraging education, economic opportunity and good governance, help to build a more secure and safer world.
Stable, democratic nations are far less likely to engage in war or to host terrorist organizations. Stronger health infrastructures enable all of us to fight the danger of international pandemics.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Survey on the U.S. Role in Global Health Update 2009, “55 percent of Americans agree that U.S. spending to improve health in developing countries helps protect the health of Americans by preventing the spread of epidemics to the U.S.”
Supporting human rights by speaking up for the rights of every person, and against oppression because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, means living up to our values around the world.
“You can’t preach hate and not accept responsibility for the way that hate is manifested,” said The New York Times of the proposed anti-gay legislation in Uganda. We can’t tolerate hatred and oppression in other countries while maintaining our own rights and freedoms here at home.
Investing in women and girls may be the wisest investment we can make.
“Women are the third world’s greatest underutilized resource,” said Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn in Half the Sky. “Educating girls and bringing them into the formal economy will yield economic dividends and help address global poverty.” Secretary Clinton agrees: “Remember the proverb ‘give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime?’ Well, if you teach a woman to fish, she’ll feed the whole village.”
Development in the 21st Century
For more information on the connection between American security and international development, read Secretary Clinton’s speech on Development in the 21st Century.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunities, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, is an eloquent description of women’s potential.