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July 31, 2019

Garrison in Vox, Democratic hopefuls need to address China, climate change, and Afghanistan

By Rainey Center

Rainey Center president and co-founder, Bishop Garrison, was featured in an article in Vox discussing the foreign policy issues that experts want the 2020 Democratic hopefuls to address in the second round of debates happening this week.

Garrison said he would ask the candidates the following three questions:

How do we counter and compete with Chinese dominance in a variety of areas — like green technology and foreign investment — while recognizing the need to maintain stable relations with it?

What tangible ideas do you have right now that will help us address climate change?

How are you going to address and end the “forever war” in Afghanistan?

Garrison together with associate fellow for energy, David Gargaro, recently authored an op-ed in Just Security where they discuss how the United States can combat two of these issues simultaneously: China and climate change. This point was also brought up by Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the debate on Tuesday, July 30.

In addition to being a graduate of West Point Military Academy, and a Desert Storm veteran, Garrison served as a deputy foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and served in multiple national security positions in President Obama’s administration.

Other experts cited in the article include Leon Panetta, former secretary of defense and CIA director, Thomas Countryman, former acting undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, and Ben Rhodes, former White House deputy national security adviser for strategic communications and speechwriting.

Read the full article: The key foreign policy questions 2020 Democrats must answer, according to 9 experts

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