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  • The Differences Between Catalonia and Kurdish Iraq
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 13, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan are engulfed in identity crises. While the two independence movements are the subject of frequent comparison, their situations differ because of historical, cultural, and economic ties with their respective mother countries. Catalonia and Spain share a deep and longstanding unity, while Kurds have a loose union with the rest of Iraq and lack a shared history beyond the past one hundred years. Not surprisingly, a silent majority of Catalans seems to support a unified... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney on the use of the Kingpin Act
    Posted in Press Releases on November 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement regarding narcotics trafficking in Latin America, following a House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing on the effectiveness of the Kingpin Act. Congressman Rooney stated “Designating drug traffickers as ‘Kingpins’ is a key to United States national security, and is a strong tool to combat the narcotics trade in the Western Hemisphere. Kingpin designations have successfully been used to sanctio... Read more

  • Francis Rooney named Vice-Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on November 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C.- Last week, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Congressman Ed Royce, named Congressman Francis Rooney Vice-Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In the release, Chairman Royce stated, “I am excited to have Rep. Rooney as our vice chairman. His previous experience as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and as a successful businessman has been valuable in our efforts to counter global threats, and promote peace and American prosperity abroad.” Congressman Rooney ... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney makes statement on North Korean aggression
    Posted in Press Releases on November 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney, Vice-Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement following a hearing about the North Korean nuclear aggression with Thae Yong-Ho, a high level North Korean defector and former diplomat. Congressman Rooney stated, “The hostile actions and relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons by the Kim Jong-Un regime present grave threats to the United States and our allies in the Pacific. For over twenty years the United States has mai... Read more

  • Gottheimer, Rooney Introduce North Korea Ballistic Missile Investigations Act
    Posted in Press Releases on October 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Gottheimer, Rooney Introduce North Korea Ballistic Missile Investigations Act Act would defuel Kim regime’s procurement of ‘devil’s venom’ from Russia, China Washington, DC – Today, Congressmen Francis Rooney and Josh Gottheimer introduced the bi-partisan North Korea Ballistic Missile Investigations Act. Congressman Rooney stated, “It is beyond time to defuel Kim Jong-Un and his rogue regime in North Korea. As the Korean missile crisis escalates, the United States must consider new methods to st... Read more

  • A Long View on Iran
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    There are four elements in Iran that bear on United States foreign policy interests: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the “Supreme Leader;” his theocratic power base, the Revolutionary Guards and its Quds Force unit; President Hassan Rouhani and his elected government; and the Iranian people themselves, which includes a broad middle class. The distinction between the first three and the final element could possibly create an opportunity for some form of American outreach to the segment of these people wh... Read more

  • Kurdistan Deserves U.S. Support. Here Is Why
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    With 72 percent turnout and a 93 percent affirmative vote in a referendum on independence in September, there is little doubt that the people of Iraqi Kurdistan seek freedom from the Republic of Iraq. Last week’s vote in the autonomous region was overwhelming and showed that the country’s Kurds are deeply invested in a quest for self-determination reminiscent of our own more than 200 years ago. Yet the U.S. response was terse. The State Department said that Kurdistan’s independence would impede ... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Speaks at 2017 Latin American Summit
    Posted in Press Releases on October 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Francis Rooney Speaks at 2017 Latin American Summit Miami, FL – Congressman Francis Rooney addressed attendees at the 2017 Latin American Summit, hosted by Governor Rick Scott. The Congressman took part in a panel discussion on the historic, current, and trending state of foreign policy in Latin America. In addition to Congressman Rooney, panelists included Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, and Carlos Curbelo. Congressman Rooney stated. “... Read more

  • It's Time for Serious United Nations Reform
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    As a former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, I have worked with a uniquely non-hegemonic sovereign that utilizes moral persuasion and "soft power" diplomacy to combat crises around the world. Whether Islamic-inspired terrorism, medical epidemics, corrupt regimes, or human rights violations, this form of diplomacy can produce positive outcomes and avoid armed conflict. And this is why the unaccountable and underperforming United Nations needs serious reform. The U.N. is failing its mission to mak... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Calls for Justice Ginsburg Recusal on Trump V. International Refugee Assistance Project
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC – Congressman Rooney has co-signed a letter, along with fifty-seven other Congressional members, calling on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg to recuse herself from the case of Trump V. International Refugee Assistance Project. Congressman Rooney stated “Although I am encouraged by the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision today on President Trump’s travel ban and I am confident that the order will ultimately be ruled Constitutional, Justice Ginsburg’s comments related to Pre... Read more