Rubio, Republican Party Candidate
Rubio is a Republican Party candidate who has had somewhat solid foreign policy, as opposed to most of the other candidates. While most of them have had weak explanations, the main difference between them is that some support the American invasion into Iraq while others were opposed. However, apart from Rubio, no other candidate has a solid strategy.
If elected president of the United States, Rubio’s foreign policy would have special interest in Syria. First, the relationship between the United States and Russia would have to change a little, because the latter is a major stakeholder in the Syrian war. He argues that his government would reach out to Russia and ensure that there was collective effort to end the problems in Syria. Rubio highlighted the fallout that has been slowly happening between the United States and her traditional allies, saying that it would be his focus to restore these relationships. He notes that Russia is trying to usurp the position held by the United States as the regional power broker and with the said relations with traditional allies stuttering, Russia protecting Bashar al-Assad, Russia is controlling power in the Middle East region. Rubio’s strategy is to gain power in the Middle East, control the occurrences to ensure that the United States is ahead of Russia in international relations and consequently in economic fronts. Further, by controlling the Middle East, the United States will be evading potential attacks from terrorists because winning the war in the region is more or less winning against terrorism. The regional stability as well as the human suffering that people in the region are going through makes the United States take a position of the international leader and calm it down.
The firms in the United States would benefit in Rubio’s look at foreign policy. By cementing her position in the Middle East, where most of the global petroleum mining is conducted, American oil corporations will have the ability to partner and work in the region. Lack of stability and continued fighting would drive out any work in the region and deprive off firms from achieving their financial goals. Secondly, by restoring the relationships between traditional allies, there will be improved trade between the United States and the rest of the world. These traditional allies are currently taking more of their business to Chinese companies, and such a restoration would lead to renewed cooperation with the host governments. Thirdly, the policy would ensure that the safety of the Americans is guaranteed. There will be reduced suspicion towards Islam as a religion and there would be increased harmony among workforces in the United States firms. This increases productivity and performances especially among multinational firms.
The policies are reasonable and feasible. However, they are hard to implement especially with the record that the world holds against Afghanistan and Iraq. The current position that Russia holds in the region might be hard to relinquish, making it hard for the United States to impose themselves. Rubio argues that the current regime under president Obama has allowed Russia to take on the problems of Middle East, thus saving the United States the agony of stabilizing the region. This has let the Russian government take a lot of responsibility and control over the region and it would take a lot of efforts to ensure that the United States takes the control desired by Rubio’s policy. However, the potential outcome is very positive because it will keep the United States safe from terrorism and will have positive impacts on business. Controlling Middle East should be a responsibility of the United States due to the exposure that its citizens face from spill-over effects of terrorism in the country.
The policies will have implications to the US firms both in the short term and in the long terms. In the short term, they will have to incur the costs of realigning their current operations with the new market dynamics that will result from the policies. Some firms were pulling out of some of the Middle East countries, as well as some of the countries that were seemingly unfavorable to them. For instance, countries such as Germany were US traditional allies since the World Wars and although the relationships have not become hostile, they have waned and are currently not at their best. The policies will therefore mean that the countries intensify their operations in these countries and investment more in the short term. In the long run, there would be increased profitability of the firms. There will be more growth and expansion to firms because there would be a new market in a more stable Middle east. It would also mean that some of these firms might take up business ventures currently held by Russian and other Asian companies.
The policies are good, but they need to consider other factors such as the failure of the United States to stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan. Stabilizing Middle East seems a very complex issue and at the same time expensive. Instead of competing with Russia for control, the policy could be structured in a way that the United States reaches out to Russia and the two countries work together to quell the wars. The approach should be different from that used earlier in the region. They should also attract new allies on top of the traditional to ensure that the fight in the Middle East is not as expensive as that in Iraq and Afghanistan.