March 22, 2021

Risch, Menendez Introduce Resolution Reaffirming Importance of U.S. Alliances and Partnerships

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last week introduced a resolution reaffirming the importance of our alliances and the unique strategic advantage they provide to the United States.

“U.S. alliances and partnerships are essential to advancing shared security, economic, and political interests with unity of purpose,” said Ranking Member Risch. “As authoritarian nations expand their power and influence on the world stage, it is vitally important that the United States strengthen concrete cooperation with trusted allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific and Europe, and sustain and deepen our commitments. Only by working together will we be able to tackle our increasingly challenging security environment in the 21st century.”

This resolution:

  • Reinforces U.S. defense treaty commitments to allies in the Indo-Pacific and Europe;
  • Encourages the Biden Administration to deepen and expand commitments to the United States closest allies, such as Australia, Japan, South Korea, and NATO;
  • Encourages allies and partners to take on equitable and mutually beneficial burden-sharing arrangements;
  • Calls on the Biden Administration to ensure U.S. policy and posture reflects the requirements of extended deterrence to preserve nonproliferation benefits, assure allies, and respond, if necessary, to nuclear and non-nuclear threats in defense of allies and partners.

Full text of the resolution can be found here.