Structure Labour's foreign policy around the principle of 'progressive internationalism''

Posted on 06-12-18 by Munhaj Khan Number of votes: 0 | Number of comments: 0

It has been highlighted that the emergence of regional 'strong men' has undermined international norms about human rights but what doesn't get discussed much is that the institutions (e.g. IMF) propping up this 'international order' has 'neo-liberalism' built into it and has been used by rich countries to intimidate poor countries into opening up their resources to predatious hedgefunds & corporations as well as to undermine the labour standards of developed countries.


To address this issue I propose the following policies which Labour should commit to as it's foreign policy:


1) That both a future Labour government & all governments in the developed world solely commit to 'democratic alliances' with countries that share it's democratic values rather then 'alliances' with autocrats (i.e. if a country not have universal suffrage then the UK & other developed countries should be banned from from being legally obliged to defend that country if it's controlled by an autocrat ruler or an autocratic clique like a military junta).


2) That both a future Labour government & all governments in the developed world commit to fundamentally reform international institutions like the IMF & WTO (i.e. World Trade Organisation) on 'social democratic' principles so those international institutions rather then obstructing (e.g. threaten to cut off money in order to help 'vulture funds') all effective regulation on tax avoidance, promotion of labour/health/environmental regulation & development of national industrial strategies instead become the helpers (e.g. providers of technical assistance) of all states (i.e. members of the UN) in achieving those aspirations (e.g. in regulating tax avoidance, promoting of labour/health/environmental regulation & development of national industrial strategies) amicably & quickly.


In the article below Professor Varoufakis outlines what form a new 'progressive internationalist' movement could reform the world's international institutions on 'social democratic' principals would look like:


3) That both a future Labour government & all governments in the developed world commit to prioritising not further global 'economic interdependence' (i.e. more neoliberal free trade & de-regulation) but rather they prioritise 'mutual threat reduction' not only in military matters (e.g. arms races) but also in economic matters (e.g. 'race to the bottom' reduction in corporation taxes) as well as in labour matters (e.g. banning trade unions & legalising child labour) & environmental matters (e.g. damming their section of a continental river system even though it increases flooding 'down stream' in neighbouring countries).


4) Investigate how pan-regional bodies (e.g. Mercusor, Ecowas etc) whose members are predominantly democratic countries can play a greater role in helping the UN reducing regional conflict (e.g. legally recognised & obliged to do so) & given help to develop their pan-regional body a 'social democratic' character.


5) Investigate how the policies outined in 1-3 can also be incorporated into the Commonwealth (so as to give that organisation a greater 'social democratic' character too?).


6) Investigate how policy proposals outlined 1-5 can be harmonised & intergrated with Labour's current foreign policies, Brexit strategy & Commonwealth policies as well as it's policies on international development.


7) Invite Varoufakis, Amatya Sen, Jyati Ghosh & Bernie Sanders to speak at a future Labour conferences to discuss how global institutions like IMF (e.g. IMF encouraging, & providing technical support to, developing countries who wish to develop their own version of a 'New Green Deal' to meet the challenges of gloabal climate change) & UN security council can be developed on 'progressive internationalist' lines.

Referring to: International

The International Policy Commission develops Labour’s international policy. It is responsible for foreign policy, international development, defence and Britain’s future relationship with Europe.

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