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  • 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

  • Why fund the United Nations Human Rights Council?
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Now is the time to re-evaluate United States support for the U.N. Human Rights Council. Claiming to be a champion of human rights, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) continues to act in complete contradiction of its mandate to protect human rights and reflects the cronyism and corruption of many of its member governments. The Council devotes far too much time attacking Israel, one of its top agenda items, while ignoring serious and pervasive human rights violations around the world... Read more

  • A Welcome Realignment Of Cuba Policy
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Reactions to President Trump’s recent executive order reversing President Obama’s misguided Cuba policy have missed the point. The focus on the tourism aspects of the deal are misplaced, as the real issue with our relationship with Cuba is capitalism and free enterprise versus communist socialism. Specifically, the Obama policy sought no commercial reforms and favored the Cuban regime over the Cuban people. President Trump’s changes are meant to avoid commercially supporting the Cuban dictatorsh... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney Announces Support of Trump Executive Order on Cuba
    Posted in Press Releases on June 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Francis Rooney today announced his support of President Donald Trump’s executive order on Cuba. The order reinstates travel restrictions, stresses the importance of the 56-year-old trade embargo and puts in place a broad prohibition on financial transactions with companies controlled by the Cuban government’s military. Congressman Rooney stated, “President Trump is correct in his decision to rescind this terrible deal with Cuba that was put in place by President Barack Obama. It does... Read more

  • Congressman Francis Rooney meets with President Trump to Discuss Everglades Restoration and the Fight Against Radical Islamic Terrorism
    Posted in Press Releases on June 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Water Quality, Foreign Affairs

    Washington, DC – This evening Congressman Francis Rooney attended a White House dinner and meeting with President Donald Trump. Congressman Rooney stressed the need for including Everglades Restoration as a key component of any infrastructure package brought forward. This message is consistent with a letter that Congressman Rooney sent to the President in February 2017, and with the President’s comments at a campaign rally in Collier County on October 23, 2016. Congressman Rooney stated, “I am e... Read more

  • A New Role for Saudi Arabia in the Middle East
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Iran’s quest for hegemony in the Middle East has changed the political landscape in the region. The unintended consequence of these actions is that Saudi Arabia, the Sunni rival to Shia Iran, is taking on a more prominent role in regional diplomacy and outreach to moderate Muslims. Iranian mischief in the Arab world has created the potential for a Saudi Arabia-Israel security partnership, as both nations are drawn together around the common goal of stopping Iranian aggression, including its nucl... Read more