Impact 2016

A non-partisan initiative by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition to advance America's role in the world.

Foreign policy and national security are key 2016 election issues. Here’s what the candidates are saying about development, diplomacy, and America’s role in the world.

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“War and aggression will not be my first instinct. You cannot have a foreign policy without diplomacy… truly signs of strength.”

April 26, 2016
Washington, DC
Hillary Clinton

“The best way to advance America’s interests in reducing global threats and seizing global opportunities is to design and implement global solutions…We must use what has been called ‘smart power,’ the full range of tools at our disposal — diplomatic, economic, military, political, legal and cultural — picking the right tool or combination of tools for each situation.”

January 13, 2009
Hillary Clinton

“The 1 percent of our budget we spend on all diplomacy and development is not what is driving our deficit. Not only can we afford to maintain a strong civilian presence, we cannot afford not to.”

July 13, 2011
Washington, D.C.