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When crises break out in the Middle East, the U.S. too often turns to violence first. FCNL lobbies for nonviolent engagement in the Middle East to prevent, de-escalate and resolve longstanding conflicts. Political grievances contribute to instability and violence, so lasting peace in the region will require engagement with all stakeholders.


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Letter Pro-Diplomacy Organizations: NDAA Conferees Must Honor Bipartisan Majority’s Opposition to Unauthorized War With Iran 

FCNL joined 30 organizations in sending a letter to National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conferees expressing opposition to war with Iran, and urging them to retain bipartisan language to prohibit funds for military action against Iran without explicit authorization from Congress. The conferees are working together to resolve the differences between the defense authorization bills passed separately by the Senate and the House.

Statement Diana Ohlbaum Statement On Congressional Action To Stop War With Iran 

If there is one thing our nation should have learned over the last 18 years, it is that War is Not the Answer.

Update House Votes to End War with Iraq, Prevent War with Iran 

In a pair of stunning victories last week, the House of Representatives adopted bipartisan amendments to the annual defense policy bill that would repeal the 17-year-old authority to engage in a war with Iraq and prohibit spending on an unauthorized war with Iran. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020 (NDAA) then passed the House by a final vote of 220-97, without any Republican votes.

Letter More than 40 Organizations Support Ending Aid for the Saudi-led War in Yemen 

FCNL joined 40 organizations in sending a letter to House leadership applauding their support of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would halt all U.S. military aid for the illegal Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Press Release House Votes to End War with Iraq, Prevent War with Iran 

Washington, DC - The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) applauded today’s House votes repealing the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq (2002 AUMF) and preventing a new unauthorized war with Iran.

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