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Foreign Policy and National Security

The United States can and should be a driving force around the world for freedom, human rights, and peace. This does not mean we should turn first to war and violence. Too many times, our first response to a foreign policy problem has been military action. Unilateral military interventions are counterproductive to our strategic goals and prolong violence and suffering. I support working together with the international community to find thoughtful diplomatic solutions for the complex issues facing our world.

I opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and I continue to oppose the broad authorization of military force that has operated as a blank check for military use for 15 years. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will push for diplomatic solutions, increased foreign assistance, and the need to conduct robust congressional oversight. I support innovative responses to 21st century national security threats.


Click here to learn more about the bills that I introduced and cosponsored.

Read my op-ed in The New York Times on U.S. involvement in the unconstitutional war in Yemen.

Read my op-ed in The Los Angeles Times on developing a 21st century foreign policy.

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June 28, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna clarified his vote on H.R. 6157, the fiscal year 2019 (FY19) Department of Defense Appropriations Act, in the Congressional Record. His statement follows below:

Personal Explanation by

The Honorable Ro Khanna

June 28, 2018

Mr. Speaker,

June 18, 2018 Ro's Op-Eds

The Nation

“8 million teeter on the brink of famine. America is complicit,” warned the headline for a Washington Post editorial on June 13, as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched a military assault on Hodeida, the major port city in Yemen, despite pleas from relief agencies and the United Nations. The United States provided diplomatic cover and military intelligence for this catastrophic attack on the lifeline for nearly 80 percent of Yemen’s food imports.

June 13, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Rep. Ro Khanna with a bipartisan group of more than thirty lawmakers, sent a letter to Secretary Mattis, urging him to avert a catastrophic Saudi coalition-backed attack on the port of Hodeida. They requested the Administration use all its leverage on the Saudis and Emiratis to forge and attack on the port which would stifle the peace process and harm the lives of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis. The lawmakers also wrote to request immediate clarification on the full extent of unconstitutional U.S.

June 12, 2018 In The News

As President Trump prepared for his historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats penned a letter last week threatening to maintain or even strengthen sanctions against North Korea if Trump did not ensure that the country completely dismantle all of its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

June 12, 2018 In The News

The United Nations is warning an impending Saudi-led offensive on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah could have catastrophic humanitarian consequences. This comes as the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition bombed a new Doctors Without Borders cholera clinic in Yemen’s northwestern Abs region. Doctors Without Borders said that before the strike the group had provided the coordinates of the clinic to the Saudi-led coalition and that the roof of the building clearly identified it as a medical site.

June 12, 2018 In The News

Some progressive Democratic lawmakers have offered cautious support for President Donald Trump’s outreach to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, thereby parting ways with the party’s congressional leaders, who have been unflinching in their criticism.

These Democrats argue that legislators should encourage Trump when he pursues a diplomatic approach to resolving foreign conflicts ― however little confidence they may have in his ability, in this instance, to achieve the major breakthrough needed to denuclearize North Korea.

June 11, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Khanna, with 14 of his democratic colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump emphasizing the longstanding progressive position that diplomacy is the only path to resolve the tensions between the United States and North Korea.

June 11, 2018 In The News

President Donald Trump faced significant criticism in 2017 for his hardline stance on North Korea — one he punctuated with personal insults against Kim Jong Un and threats to “totally destroy” the country.

“We need to be firm and deliberate with [North Korea], but reckless rhetoric is not a strategy to keep America safe,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted in August, after Trump infamously threatened Pyongyang with “fire and fury.”

June 11, 2018 In The News

Donald Trump is an exceptionally disappointing president whose misguided approach to foreign affairs was highlighted by the temper tantrum with which he concluded the G7 summit in Canada.