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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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Update Don't Add Fuel to Fire in Syria 

Safety for Syrians and security for everyone can only be won by non-military means

With so many Syrian civilians’ lives caught in the balance between myriad military powers and militias, actors interested in peace should press for a political solution to the conflict. Congress should exercise its constitutionally ordained role in exerting oversight of the executive branch to press for a non-military path forward in Syria.

Update What We're Reading on Syria 

On the current crisis and non-military paths forward

On the sixth anniversary of the war in Syria, we recommend a reading list covering the US's militarized missteps in Syria and the diplomatic path forward to win peace.

Press Release Friedman Squeaks Through SFRC as Grassroots, Anti-Settlement Opposition Grows  

Every vote against Friedman’s confirmation sends an important message: Pro-settlement, pro-occupation policies should be disqualifying from serving in one of the most sensitive diplomatic postings in the world.

Legislative Ask Protect the Iran Deal 

Congress is considering anti-diplomacy, saber-rattling sanctions that would undermine the Iran deal. Please oppose any legislation that would threaten the success of the deal in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. war in the Middle East.

Press Release Sen. Shaheen Reads Letter from Holocaust Descendant at Friedman Hearing, Friedman Responds  

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) read the letter of constituent and Holocaust descendant Alicia Sanders-Zakre urging her to oppose President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.

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