State of Illinois Archives: on Foreign Policy

Dick Durbin: Ukraine should ally with European Union, not former Soviets

Q: Should the US be involved in this situation in Kiev?

DURBIN: Ukraine has been in a struggle internally since the fall of the Soviet Union. There are ethnic, cultural and religious connections with Russia and Moscow. And then there are those in Ukraine looking to the West for their future. Yanukovych is caught in the middle. And at this point, he has to decide. What Putin has offered him is an alliance with Belarus, which is ruled by the last dictator in Europe, Lukashenko, and Kazakhstan. The alternative is an alliance with the European Union. It's fairly clear to all of us in the West where the future lies. And I certainly hope the people in the streets of Kiev will get the message clearly through to Yanukovych.

Source: Face the Nation 2013 interview: 2014 Illinois Senate race Dec 15, 2013

Jim Oberweis: To understand China, read the 5-year plans

Q: In China, how do you know what the political winds are? Somebody connected today could be on the outs tomorrow.

Oberweis: That's true. Although it tends to move slowly. What we look for is--read the five year plans. In the 2012 five year plan, we see money being funded for environmental cleanups, so we're investing in companies that clean up waste water. It isn't rocket science, it just requires some detail thinking. For most of the companies we're investing in, they're needles in haystacks. They're unlikely to--

Q: Get the wrath of the government?

Oberweis: Yeah, exactly. It tends to be more in some of the larger companies, where it is a little bit more important. They're also entrepreneurially owned, which helps to eliminate some of the political influence. If I was investing in a bank in China, I would be concerned because if the government says, "Loan," you loan. There's no opportunity to take shareholder value as a reason to disobey the government.

Source: Forbes Magazine interview on 2014 Illinois Senate race Jan 5, 2012

Alexi Giannoulias: Remain unwavering partner with Israel in shared struggle

Our first commitment in the Middle East must be the security of Israel, our strongest ally in the region. Our governments are similarly based on beliefs in democracy and freedom--values that continue to be threatened by extremism and hate. The US and Israel must remain unwavering partners in the shared struggle against terrorism and violence.

The United States must actively support Israel in our shared goal of creating peace with its Arab neighbors. Alexi supports a two-state solution, with the Jewish State of Israel and a moderate Palestinian State living side-by-side in peace. These efforts are crucial to securing Israel's safety and provide an important step towards diffusing radicalism in the Middle East. The international communit should continue to isolate Hamas while supporting moderate Palestinian leadership.

Alexi supports foreign aid to Israel and will fight for the requisite appropriations defined in the Memorandum of Understanding agreed upon by the US and Israel.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Alexi Giannoulias: Reunify Cyprus; bring religious freedom to Istanbul

To further stability in Southeastern Europe, Alexi believes that the U.S. must encourage (a) an end to the 35 year Turkish occupation of Cyprus and its reunification as a bi-zonal, bicommunal federation; (b) the restoration of full religious freedom and legal rights to the Ecumenical Patriarchate--the home of the world's second largest Christian church--in Istanbul, Turkey; and (c) advances in Greco-Turkish relations and the relationship between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Alan Keyes: Work with indigenous elements in Iran

In order to defend Americans from death, you do what you have to do. In the meantime, you take advantage of those mechanisms that will allow you to address the problem without necessarily committing the nation to war. And that includes, by the way, a strategy that will work with indigenous elements in Iran in order to promote an alternative to the government there that would be more compatible with international and regional peace and security, more respectful of human rights.
Source: IL Senate Debate, Illinois Radio Network Oct 12, 2004

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