Foreign policy

Mennonite Central Committee has workers and/or financial commitments in approximately 60 countries around the world. Many of those workers and partners encounter the effects of U.S. government policy, and their perspectives guide our work in the MCC U.S. Washington Office. Our office currently monitors U.S. policy in Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Iran, Palestine and Israel, Syria and South Sudan. As a whole, we encourage U.S. government policies that promote justice for all, nonviolent peacemaking, dismantling racism and sexism, human rights — including freedom of conscience and religious practice — and care for the earth.

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Africa

Mennonite Central Committee encourages a policy that promotes peaceful, multilateral, and African-led solutions that advance good governance and mutual respect. U.S. policy towards Africa should be anchored in a commitment to strengthening diplomacy and improving economic development.

U.S. policy towards Africa is often guided by oil interests, efforts to combat terrorism, and Africa’s position in competition between the U.S. and China for economic and political power. These interests have led to a dramatic increase in U.S. military interests on the continent. The advent of AFRICOM, a U.S. military command devoted to Africa, is the most significant development in the militarization of U.S. relations toward the continent. Learn more about our work.

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Asia 

Mennonite Central Committee works in twelve Asian countries in partnership with local efforts to build a peaceful and sustainable society. The continent of Asia is often highlighted for its economic success and for its ability to weather the recent economic recession. However, much of Asia suffers from persistent poverty and growing economic disparity, which feeds and fuels ongoing conflicts throughout the continent. The work of the MCC Washington Office in advocacy to the U.S. government works to support and undergird local efforts to build peace.

Our current advocacy work focuses on Afghanistan.

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Food Security

Mennonite Central Committee works to develop and promote food security in a variety of locations across the globe. MCC has worked for decades to reduce poverty and hunger, and view the two as intrinsically linked.  MCC partners with local organizations to improve access to food supplies and uses a plethora of different innovative methods to achieve this.

MCC Washington advocates support for sustainable development programs that will allow communities’ access to food to grow through partnerships, not dependencies.

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HIV/AIDS

Mennonite Central Committee works to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS across the globe.  Our work can be found on several continents and takes a variety of forms.  MCC works with local partners to promote education and awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic, reduce transmissions, and build sustainable lives for HIV-positive populations.  While the spread of HIV/AIDS has slowed in many areas in recent years, there is still a massive amount of work to be done.  MCC focuses on advocating for the best and most comprehensive policies with regards to U.S. involvement in combating HIV/AIDS internationally.

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Latin America

Mennonite Central Committee’s advocacy grows out of relationships with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, where U.S. government engagement is often guided by military and corporate economic interests.

Historically the region has been of special interest to the United States because of its proximity and its richness in resources. The U.S. has poured millions of dollars in military aid and promoted trade policies that have often worked to undermine development and rural livelihood.

MCC encourages a U.S. policy that promotes justice, prioritizes human rights and lessens the military footprint. Our office particularly focuses on U.S. policies toward Colombia and Haiti.

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Middle East

MCC’s Middle East advocacy grows out of 60 years of work in the region. Among MCC’s advocacy concerns are:

  • a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;
  • refugee and displaced people’s needs;
  • religious freedoms;
  • respect for human rights;
  • disarmament;
  • diplomacy to resolve differences between the U.S. and Iran.

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