Should the U.S. Be Involved in International Governing Organizations?

The 2020 presidential election raised a question on how involved the U.S. ought to be in the international community. President Trump styled his administration as putting “America first” by prioritizing our county’s interests above others, and ending agreements that appeared to counter that. President Biden campaigned instead on a platform that rejected unilateralism, and instead called for the U.S. to work more with the international community. Within the first 24 hours of his inauguration, President Biden has signed a variety of executive orders, many of which are designed to overturn President Trump’s past policies. Two of the most significant of these orders have resulted in the U.S. re-joining the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accord. So, this leads to a big question…Should the U.S. Be Involved in International Governing Organizations?

Those who say yes, and support the U.S. becoming more involved in international governing organizations argue that we have a responsibility to be a leader in these institutions. They contend that because the U.S. is such a strong nation, we have an obligation to lead and assist others in making the world into a better place. They may also argue that issues like climate change and COVID-19 are monumental issues that are better tackled as a global community rather than unilaterally.

Those who say no, and oppose the U.S. becoming more involved in international governing organizations argue that our government needs to prioritize the interests of Americans over other nations. They contend that our government is elected to represent Americans, not to represent the world. This side worries that ceding authority to global organizations like the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accord will result in policy decisions being made in part by the leaders of other countries—who Americans have no ability to vote in or out of office.

So, what do you think? Should the U.S. be involved in international governing organizations? Students can answer Yes, it should; No, it should not; or a nuanced answer in between!

Note: Ideal Think the Vote responses include the following:

-Address the question asked in a thoughtful and meaningful manner

-Use cited facts and constitutional arguments when appropriate to support their answers

-Are expressed in cohesive sentences and are free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors

-They address counter-arguments and opposing concerns in a respectful manner

-They organize their answer in a manner that flows logically and reads clearly

Current Standings:
Yes: 69%
No: 31%
  • Ayushi from Ohio

    I believe that the USA should be involved in International Governing Organizations. I say so because we all know that the United States is the strongest nation in today’s world, and because of this, the USA has the capability, the power, to make another nation, a weak nation, better. The USA can heal an economically weaker country. The States can help a developing country to industrialize, modernize, develop and establish themselves. Benefiting other countries would make the world a better place.

    We all know that selfish people don’t receive help in their times of need. If America becomes an isolationist, it might fall under the “selfish” country category. Say for example, a pandemic arises in the future like the one we are living in right now. A country other than the United States, a country who is a member of the International Governing Organization, discovers a vaccine for the virus causing the pandemic. Now, because the USA will be an isolated country, it might not get the vaccine from the other country. It won’t get the help it needs during certain times.

    In conclusion, I will support the ‘yes’ side for the dilemma. It will be a good decision for the U.S. and also for the world. After all, there is an eminent saying, “It is better to give than to receive.”

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  • William from Oklahoma

    The US should be at least somewhat involved with international organizations. Especially today with the connections countries share through trade, tourism, and the spread of information, there are many problems that occur on the global level. Covid-19 is a clear example. Pandemics are far more difficult to solve if each country has to take on the problem alone.

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  • Makenzie from Oklahoma

    After going through a global pandemic, I think it is necessary to be able to tackle certain situations globally. The United States needs to have good relations with other countries so the world can come together in times like Covid-19. The world would be so much more untied if all the countries helped each other out.

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  • Divya from Oklahoma

    The US should be more involved in international governing organizations for its own benefit. Organizations like the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accord unify the world and share knowledge and resources that would not have been possible without these connections. Instead of a few select American scientists, for example, the world can collaborate with many scientists working in unison to combat health problems and crises such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Membership would also enforce and strengthen the United States’s reputation positively by the portrayal that America is not selfish or looking out for only itself. Not partaking in such programs would degrade America in the minds of many foreign citizens. Exclusion from these organizations would also hurt America as it endures the same health, climate, and other problems as most countries. Other countries could come up with a solution to numerous problems and not share them with America on the rationale that America did not assist in the solution, so therefore it does not deserve the solution. Non-membership could also hurt America’s economy as it would not have ideal foreign relations or understand and have sympathy for the problems America’s business partners are going through. According to recent statistics, the US imports a great portion of its resources from China. Having tense foreign relations with any country would severely impact America’s economy negatively. Ultimately, US officials must do what is right for the citizens of America to succeed as the perfect country by partaking in international governing organizations.

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  • Eleanor from Oklahoma

    The United States is one of the leading world powers. We can do so much on the world stage to create better situations for people all around the Earth. Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement was a good decision. We only have one planet and we need to protect it for as long as nature allows us to. WHO is an organization that has been pulling us through this pandemic. I think it was right to be a part of it again.

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  • Trinity from Montana

    It gives the United States power in international issues.

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  • genevieve from Oklahoma

    Yes, I think the US should be involved in international governing organizations because, although doing what is best for our country is important, we aren’t the only ones who live on this planet. What we decide to do without & in our country affect the world at large, not simply us. Climate change? That affects us all not just the US. Covid? Although other countries have managed it better than us, we still affect how far they are able to contain covid. The world is made up of us, countries,s and everything we do, even if it’s within ourselves & borders, affects us all. On top of that, we require the ability to work together & maintain good relations because we need to work together if we want to be the world we want to live in.

    I’m not saying we should give up everything we have and put other countries ahead of us but we are already so independent t and wealthy. We should help countries that just don’t have the ability and economy we do.

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  • Alison from Oklahoma

    I think that the United States should defiantly be involved in international organizations. That’s not to say that the United States government would not prioritize Americans over citizens of another country, but I think that by America being heavily invested in international organizations that that is a heavy contribution to prioritizing the American people’s safety and liberty. Also as a large and strong country, I think that it is America’s duty to contribute to international relationships and movements that are used to better not only the United States but the world as well.

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  • Reid from Oklahoma

    The U.S. should be more involved in international governing organizations while still continuing to focus on the needs of Americans. Joining international organizations would be beneficial because we can lead other countries in the right direction as well as learn from foreign nations. Chuck Hagel, a former senator from Nebraska, believes, “Alliances and international organizations should be understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence, not as constraints on our power.” While it is still good for us to join organizations and alliances, this does not mean that we discontinue focusing on our own nation. If we are to join international organizations and continue to change our nation based on the need of Americans, I believe America could become an even greater nation.

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  • Cecilia from Massachusetts

    The United States must remain in international governing organizations such as the Paris Climate Agreement and World Health Organization. Lately, there has been debate regarding this issue. One clear example of the importance of the United States’ participation in the Paris Climate Agreement. Initially formed in 2015 with 195 member countries, the U.S. among them, it was a focal point of President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda and was based upon the idea that every country can do something to improve the Earth for everyone, despite the economic conditions of that country. From 2016-17, the U.S.’ carbon emissions fell .9%. From 2011 through 2014, however, the U.S. had emitted an average of around 16.5 metric tons per year. To fully understand this issue, it is only fair to examine the case for isolationism. To see an example, look at the Libertarian Party’s article “In Defense of Isolationism”, in which it is argued that the United States should remain separate from global organizations because it only creates more issues for the country with no benefit. While there is substance to this argument, one must remember that, although some international governing organizations have had negative effects, ones that seek to improve human life as the Paris Agreement and World Health Organization do contribute majorly to positive change. The World Health Organization has, for instance, has contributed massively to a 99% decay in polio infections and the destruction of smallpox through its vaccination programs. It now has its goals set on protecting over one billion people from non-infectious diseases, giving health coverage to more than one billion people, and protecting one billion people from national and international health emergencies. Upon reviewing these arguments, it becomes clear the necessity of the United States’ participation in Global Health Organizations so that Americans can continue to enjoy cleaner air and good health in the years to come.

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  • Samantha from Alabama

    I think that yes, the US should be involved with other countries but not too much. It should help poorer countries because it is one of the world powers. The US could do a lot for poorer countries.

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  • Allison from Oklahoma

    The US should be involved in international governing organizations because our country is very strong and successful. Being a strong and wealthy country, we should help others get there too. It’s like being a parent to the fledgling countries and watch them grow. Helping out these countries will strengthen our bonds with them and further our diplomatic relations. Because of this global pandemic, we should help other nations who have been hit hard with it because of thier poor healthcare. We could provide healthcare funding and improve thier countries due to our help. We would have better relations with that country and that country could help us if we are in a pickle. Due to the pandemic, nations should help each other because they have all gone through this struggle and it would have strengthened diplomatic relationships to come out stronger than ever before.

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  • Emma from Oklahoma

    The US should be somewhat involved in international relations and help other countries when they need it, but we shouldn’t get too involved to the point where we have basically taken that country over.

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  • Skye from Hawaii

    Mahatma Gandhi, a revolutionary who advocated for peace in violent times, once said that “an eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind.” Global interference isn’t about discrediting Americans’ problems, it is about preserving the ideals of the world so that the entire world can remain in working order. In the midst of a global pandemic, too many families are being torn apart. The despair that threatens to overwhelm the country is spurred by increased poverty rates, malnourished people, and the crumbling of mental strength as social and community events previously took for granted grind to a halt. As President Biden addressed in his inauguration speech, unity is the key factor to bring about positive change, not only now, but years in the future. And this cannot be done if we, as Americans, continue to view our own country as separate from the rest of the world. Nothing happens in a vacuum, and the acts that we take will have repercussions on a global and local scale, as seen in the escalating racist acts committed against Asian people within America. These innocent bystanders were seen as the enemy, supposedly spreading the virus because of their relation to China, a place many had never even visited. Trump’s removal from the World Health Organization and baseless remarks on the subject caused this violence, sling with putting millions in danger with his anti- mask propaganda at the beginning of Covid-19’s spread. While the virus could have been contained earlier, mixed symbols from the White House obliterated this chance, and now the current president is left to salvage the remains of a world destroyed by political polarization, a pandemic, and economic downfall. A Herculean task that can only be accomplished by working with the rest of the world who also face repercussions from this tragedy. We, as citizens, have a responsibility to collaborate with others in these dark times: if not for ourselves, but for the generations after us, so that they may have a better future than the bleak one that we see today.

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  • Anita from Ohio

    The US should participate in international governing organisations simply because we are part of this world. What happens anywhere can affect everyone, especially with respect, but not limited to issues of environment. I don’t feel that our role in these various organisations is an issue of leadership as much as an issue of relationships, compromise,and participation in large scale & important decision making. Participation can help to broaden our perspective, and increase our understanding of one another. The world is only growing more interconnected. Whatever gains might be made attainable through isolation are merely temporary, and such a pursuit will ultimately be found to have been short sighted.

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  • Alicia from Florida

    A lot has been going on in the past few months. From the election to Biden’s inauguration. Apparently within the first 24 hours of his inauguration, Biden decided to overturn Presidents Trump’s past policies. Some of which consist of the U.S rejoining the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accord. A lot of people disagree with the U.S being involved in International Governing Organizations, and it’s quite a controversial topic right now. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with the U.S involving themselves in these organizations, mainly because we’re a big country.
    To start off, we’re a big country. Meaning that we’re very powerful about things like this. Considering that we are one of the strongest countries, we tend to lead situations like this or offer our help. Another reason is we deal with most of these issues the hardest. For instance, Covid-19, the United States has the most Covid-19 cases in the world or we struggle with climate change. Problems like this teaches us more about the problem which makes us pros in fighting it meaning we can help. However, not only do we have bad things going on, we also have some good useful qualities, like protecting freedoms, giving away the land, educating everybody, improving public health, and plenty more. I mean why wouldn’t other countries not want to be involved with us.
    In Addition, A lot of other people with a different opinion than me may argue that American don’t know how to compromise or that we aren’t trustworthy. Which I can understand given the history we have. However, things change overtime. Considering we have an excellent president now, with a strong government, and intelligent people, I can’t say that this would even be a worry any more.

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  • Sofiia from Oklahoma

    The U.S. should be more involved in our international and governing organizations. Our nation is responsible to be a leader in these conventions. The U.S. is a compelling nation, and we must traverse and support others in making the world a better place. Issues like climate change and COVID-19 are grand issues that are more adequately undertaken as a global community than unilaterally.

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  • Natasia from Florida

    We all want a change we…all want to make a difference…We all participate in something that could be great. However, some of us can’t do that right now so we need to depend on our nation. Our nation is what makes the United States the nation is what makes us who we are.If our nation isn’t together then how are we together if our nation is up to part are we up the part we make up our nation and even though we aren’t the government we play an important role. No I’m not going to go into politics but we the people know 2020 was horrible and it wasn’t just only because of covid and other things that happened, it was about a particular person actually all four years our nation has been so divided.Different political views and public affairs going on and secret information with the government.So the question is should the U.S. be involved in international governing organizations? I say yes,yes because the u.s. need more research resources they need to be more together because these organizations can make a huge impact on the United States and provide more opportunities for the people.

    Foremost, The US should be involved in international government organization because it could provide alot of opportunities.For example this is a pademic that’s going on these organizations could possibly help new vaccines; the right way and they won’t be rushed it will be planned thoughly and also these organizations. For example the WHO (World Health Organization) This agency deals with public health services that means it could help us get a coroanvirus vaccine and it could provide health care for many Americans it could provide a benefit to your health and your life. This is a good organization to pursue and because it’s benifiting and that’s the main source that we need is to be able to benifit from this for each other as a nation. Also it shows leadership the US is a strong Nation so the use of these organizations will show the maturity and the responsibility of United States the fact that we could rise to the top by using these organizations. To help people and use that as our own benefit provides strong leadership and that’s one thing you need to run our country; not a democracy. You need strong leadership and the right kind of leadership.

    In addition, let’s talk about climate change. The Paris climate accord is a good organization because, I don’t know if you notice around the world the climate is kind of changing. For example, I live in Florida right now so it’s supposed to be a little windy , you know because we’re going into spring but I have a mango tree and it’s already growing and that doesn’t grow until summer. So this shows something is wrong with the climate. Also in December it’s freezing cold in Florida 50-40 degrees and it was hot. It was doing the opposite of what it was supposed to do so the climate is kind of messed up which means we need something that can help. This a good organization because it’s providing a change and that’s what we need.

    Inconclusion, the the U.S should be involved in international governing organizations because these organizations can make a huge impact on the United States and provide more opportunities for the people. Our government is the leadership so we need to be the leadership ways to be the leadership if to fend for our nation make a big change to a better world for us to live in and that’s how we make our change. We are the change we are the leadership thank you!!!

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  • Camryn from Kentucky

    The U.S. has a responsibility to represent the values of our nation by prioritizing the health of its citizens. Organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Paris Climate Accord are dedicated to seeing a better version of our future realized.
    Many argue that by taking the U.S. out of organizations like the WHO and the Paris Climate Accord, we are putting America first. Yet, I believe it may be more detrimental to America and society as a whole in the long run. Refusing to work together with other world leaders on prevalent issues in society will only cause there to be more disparities between us. We have the ability to be leaders and to make our voice heard internationally, why not use these organizations as an opportunity to positively influence other nations? The Paris Climate Accord in particular could have a major impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions around the world. In 2016, When the Paris Climate Accord was originally adopted, the U.S. and China had agreed to work together in doing their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This was especially significant as both countries together produced 40% of all greenhouse emissions in the world. If China and the 55 other countries that signed the agreement had only been thinking of themselves and their economy, the agreement would have never been made. There would be no progress or accountability for improving the Earth’s environment. International governing organizations provide an opportunity for countries to put aside their differences and work together on what really matters: the health and future of their citizens.

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  • Ayushi from Ohio

    I believe that America should join the international governing organizations. The reason I say this is because America is the strongest nation on planet earth, and to make the world a better place, the strong must assist the weak. America can help the backward countries, the developing countries, to modernize, develop, industrialize and establish themselves. If America becomes an isolationist country, it might not receive the help it may need in certain times. Say for example, during a pandemic like the one we are living in right now, a country other than the USA, discovers a vaccine for the virus. Say this country is a member of an international governing organization. So, it is quite expected that USA would not get the help it needs during a pandemic, if it remains aloof, cut off from the rest of the world. To receive help, one must help others too.

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  • Janet from Kentucky

    Personally, I believe that the United States should be involved in the international governing organizations, due to the fact that the country is able to provide very practical and beneficial elements and factors to other countries around the world. Many developing countries such as South Africa, Brazil, India, China, etc., are in need of elements from the United States that are produced and created here and usually by our country being involved in the international governing organizations of other countries, it would assist their government and people financially as it would be less expensive for us to send over our products than if they were to make it themselves. In relation to the Paris Climate Agreement, the United States has contributed around 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions since the year 1751 in order to prevent dangerous climate changes. In addition, the Paris Agreement and the United States strives to and successfully does benefit and strengthen other countries’ ability to limit global warming around the world. On the contrary to former President Trump’s statement that we should prioritize our country before helping any other countries, I believe that in order for our country and our people to continue to receive goods and services from other countries, we must also provide and assist them as we should work together to continue to develop and improve all of out countries around the world. Of course, it should not be our responsibility and obligation to always assist other countries, however during times of need like during the current Coronavirus pandemic and crisis, we should indeed be leaders to other countries as we have superior advances and we should use it to the best of our ability. The name united is in our country’s name, therefore we should not only unite ourselves within our country, but also with our neighboring countries.

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  • Aidan from Kentucky

    Yes, I believe that the United States should be involved in international governing organizations. This includes things such as the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate accord. Both of these organizations work to help people around the world. At the time of this pandemic, the world health organization is a very big deal, and it is something that the United States should be involved in. The World Health Organization can help to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. This would help get the world back to the way it used to be, so I believe that the United States should be a part of it. The Paris Climate accord first teaches about how the use of fossil fuels traps heat in the atmosphere and causes climate change. The Paris Climate accord is working to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to below two degrees celsius and is striving to strengthen countries’ ability to deal with the impacts of climate change. I think it is a good idea for the United States to work with these international organizations to get the world back to the way that it was before and keep the world from getting ruined by climate change. This also helps to benefit smaller countries who are in need of help because they do not have as much support in these difficult times. These organizations help these smaller countries to deal with the effects of the coronavirus, and the United States should be willing to help those that are in need. In conclusion, I believe that the United States should be more involved in international organizations in order to benefit the world that we live in today, and work to make it better.

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  • Weston from Kentucky

    I agree with both stances. On one hand we should be involved with international organizations because in the future people would look back on the U.S. favorable and we would stay connected with a group of nations. Really it boils down to keeping up a good image, improving knowledge, and improving relations with foreign nations. However, I also believe that an American presidence first priority is to its people and not others. I mean why focus more on others green energy when we should focus on ours. The more we can improve our nation and its people the better the U.S. will be and the more stable we would be. The better we are the more we will be able to help out other nations more later on. I think that if America doesn’t improve in the near future, then the future of America will look bad. In conclusion America should come first above others so that we can remain a world superpower but that doesn’t mean we should completely cut tries from international governing organizations. We would just stay in ones that reflect positively on us and our in nations best interest.

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  • Kylie from Kentucky

    Yes, the U.S. should be involved with international governing organizations because of the help that we can provide and the allies that the U.S. can form with it. Many of the countries involved in the World Health Organization are less developed than countries such as America, they are in need of assistance for their people. Especially in times like these when America has acces to vaccines and other medical resources and information, we should be helping the other countries so the world can attempt to somewhat move forward with this pandemic. In addition to aiding the other countries, being more involved with organizations like WHO would help to strengthen relationships with other countries because they will know that the U.S. cares for them and wants to help them with medical assistance, poverty, and other issues that third-world countries struggle with. While many people would argue that our country needs to work on ourselves first, that is unfair because the entire world is going through COVID-19 and if we work together, then we will be able to progress faster from this situation while also gaining relationships, trust, and results.

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  • Sylvia from Florida

    Everyone knows the United States as the “Big Brother” and by not participating in these international organizations and “putting America first” shows more selfish ideals. Countries should help other countries to help themselves; for example, President Joe Biden praised Australian and New Zealand officials for their amazing job at keeping Australasia COVID-19 free, to the point where all mask mandates where lifted and people have gone back to their normal lives (pre-pandemic). As a result of Joe Biden’s election and his amicable relationship with these officials, they have lent their hands and leading health officials to improve the situation in the United States. If the United States had completely removed themselves from all international organizations, other countries would have not been so approachable.

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  • Alexander from Massachusetts

    I think that yes the United States become more involved in international government. I think to see this action as putting America on “back burner” is absurd because as you can see in the reagent Ebola out breaks and even COVID 19 if we work together and use our power and economical advantages to boost other countries we help our self’s just as much. By easing the standers of living and helping to combat climate change through a centralized government we make better not just for ourselves but for others as well.

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  • Bailey from Arkansas

    The world should be working together, not apart. I believe if we will come together and put aside our differences the world will be a better place.

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  • Olivia from Connecticut

    The U.S. needs to support the globe as a whole by participating in international organizations that tackle monumental issues such as COVID-19 and Global Warming. It allows all countries to get the help they need and support they need to eliminate the issues that we are facing today. If we were to contribute to more international organizations, then we would be able to form more alliances with other countries and put our brain power together to solve international and global conflicts.

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  • Mike from Kentucky

    The United States should become more involved in global affairs in order to maintain the status of a global power and to make sure no agenda is pushed by other countries that harms America. By being a part of international governing organizations, the United States can use their power to keep other nations in check from overpowering the United States. If the United States did not enter into World War I, it is likely that the axis powers would have gained enough power to do damage to the western hemisphere or maybe even take it over. The U.S. became involved in global affairs to keep the axis powers in check, which ultimately saved America as we know it. America should be involved with other countries in world affairs to protect the state of the nation from oppression just as the country did in World War I. If the United States is not involved in governing organizations, the nation can not defend itself actively and directly. While some may argue that this approach does not put America first, involvement in global affairs effectively gives America the opportunity to keep other nations in check by using its influence during meetings with global governing organizations.

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  • Braden from Kentucky

    Absolutely. For years America has been seen as a pillar of democracy and wealth, and we should share that with other, less fortunate, countries. The United States should lead other nations in doing the right thing like protecting the environment and protecting the inhabitants of the planet. While many people argue that the United States should only help its citizens, I argue that the world needs to work past this old way of thinking. Yes, there are many differences between us, but the survival of our posterity and of our planet is MUCH more important than anything else. We need to put the past aside, put our wealth aside, and rebuild our planet through avenues like the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization.

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  • Gavin from Kentucky

    Yes, the United States should be somewhat involved in international governing organizations. In the past century, the United States has in a way become the largest and strongest nation in the world and it must, of course, hold up this responsibility. While the United States should take this responsibility as the leader in world politics it must of course ensure that it can focus primarily on America. We must be somewhat cautious about what deals and agreements it makes with the foriegn powers of the world. There are nations in the world who would likely seek the downfall of the United States and thus it must of course keep its guard up and not enter into any treaties that would threaten its own citizens’ way of life. Since the United States holds the world’s largest economy and the world’s biggest military, any major governing organization in the world loses a great deal of wealth and power by going against America and forcing it to leave due to anti-American policies. With the leverage that the United States has, it should use its power to ensure that America does stand to create a positive impact on itself and the world through joining and cooperating with these organizations. It is irresponsible to say America should ignore the organizations completely and focus solely on itself. However, it would also be unwise to bend the knee to any and all proposals that world governing organizations make. If at any point the decisions of the international community pose a significant threat to the American way of life or national stability then it would be justifiable to pull out of such organizations or treaties.

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  • Julia from North Carolina

    I believe that the US is to rejoin international organizations such as the Paris Climate Accord and the world health organization. Problems such as climate change and the coronavirus pandemic are too big for the United States on its own. Rejoining the Paris Climate Accord could help to make great strides towards reducing climate change and global warming. As stated in the AP article “World leaders cheer US return to climate fight under Biden”, “Experts say any international efforts to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), ideally 1.5C (2.7F), as agreed in the Paris accord would struggle without the contribution of U.S., which is the world’s second biggest carbon emitter.” (https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-climate-climate-change-paris-emmanuel-macron-2451e1abc0e486b3055b639878b5181c ). Since we contribute so much to climate change, it is only fitting that we do all that we can to counteract it, starting with re-entering into the Paris Climate Agreement.

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  • James from Kentucky

    Following WW1, many of the world’s largest and most powerful countries got together and decided to create an international organization in the hope of unifying the planet and preventing war. This agreement was called the League of Nations, and despite its effort, failed a couple of decades later following the outbreak of WW2. While there are many reasons why the League of Nations failed, from poor enforcement to no central unity, one of the biggest reasons why it failed was because major nations such as the US and Russia did not join the organization. Without a strong central governing force that could have the power to change and reform the organization, the League could never change its problems and reform itself. While no organization is perfect, major nations who take part in organizations can make massive impacts in it.
    The World Health Organization, for example, is a massive bureaucracy that helps monitor the world’s health and advise governments on appropriate actions. The WHO has had many successes over the years, but has also had its share of problems as well. But, however flawed the WHO may be, it still doesn’t mean that the US should throw up its hands and abandon it. The main reason why the US left the WHO was because the US felt that China had too much influence over the organization, which became evident with the WHO not recognizing or acknowledging the success that Taiwan had at dealing with COVID19. However, by leaving the WHO, the US is effectively giving up any influence they have in the organization, and instead leaving China to fill in the gap that the US left. If the US is concerned with China’s influence in an organization, it would make more sense to get involved more in the organization to gain more influence from within.
    Another reason why unilateralism appeals to the US is because many will argue that the US should focus more on American interests before they focus on international problems. This, however, is also faulty thinking as many interests in the US align with those in other countries. The Paris Climate Accords, for example, is an agreement meant to benefit all people in all countries. No matter where one lives, all will be impacted by climate change. Even if each country’s individual consequences from climate change differs, all nations have an incentive to stop climate change. As such, it is in the US’s best interest to work with other countries to help end climate change. The Paris Climate Accords, while far from perfect, are still a move in the right direction that will benefit everyone, including Americans.
    While the organizations we take part of might not be perfect, it is still imperative that we play a part in them if we want to remain a key player on the world stage. Additionally, multinational organizations and treaties are much more likely to accomplish a goal than individual nations acting together. Rather than focusing on the specific consequences to global events, we should instead stand united and fight the problem as one unified force.

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  • Kathryn from Kentucky

    As the leader of the free world, the United States should be involved in international governing organizations in order to influence the response of other nations and to keep itself accountable. The United States can only fix global issues by working globally. Unilateral action only solves the American portion of international issues, and isolation prevents the United States from ensuring that other countries take the proper amount of action. While many say that the United States should avoid international governing organizations in order to focus on itself, they do not realize that the United States may be harming itself through this isolation. Furthermore, by working alone, the United States only ensures that the United States does its part to solve issues like climate change. The U.S. must be present in international governing organizations like the Paris Climate Accord so that it can influence other countries to contribute to the solution of a problem created by all countries. Some falsely say that joining the Paris Climate Accord harms the U.S. economy through a loss in manufacturing jobs. However, the study that cites this loss of jobs assumes that the United States will not adapt any jobs to fit the new climate regulations. Additionally, the United States might be harming itself long into the future by refusing collaboration. For instance, separating from the World Health Organization now might cause future problems when diseases that primarily affect the U.S. arise. Without the U.S. presence in the WHO, the U.S. will suffer from the lack of information and resources usually provided. Meanwhile, members of the WHO will surpass the U.S. as they benefit from the WHO’s information. All in all, the United States has the responsibility to influence other countries to approach issues like climate change as one of the world’s strongest nations. U.S. presence and devotion to climate change demonstrates the severity of the issue and may sway other countries to take action. People sometimes worry about the influence of other countries on the U.S. through international governing organizations. However, they must remember that the U.S. has its own free will and can make its own choices within these organizations. Additionally, the strength of the United States will likely influence other countries more than other countries are able to impact the U.S. If a weak president bends to other countries in these organizations, the U.S. citizens can easily elect in a different stronger leader. In conclusion, the United States has the responsibility to influence other countries to take action on global issues through joining and fostering prominence in international governing organizations.

    (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/us/politics/fact-check-climate-change-trump.html)

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  • Victoria from Kentucky

    The U.S. should be involved in international governing organizations because it is a leading country in the world. Although the U.S. is one of the most individualistic countries, it is crucial that they become a part of these international organizations for the betterment of the world as a whole. These organizations can only benefit from U.S. involvement, and the U.S. won’t face any reparations like war from joining them. Organizations such as the WHO and statements like the Paris Climate Agreement can help maintain friendly international relations, but they are also there for the benefit of America. Working with international countries provides new perspectives within research, and some of these points of view can be groundbreaking and pivotal to solving serious issues such as dealing with Covid-19 and climate change. Some might have an “America first” attitude concerning international relations, but in doing so, they cut out possibilities and benefits that might arise from international organizations. If the country wants to remain a world leader, they have to become involved in these organizations. Otherwise, the U.S. could be left to play catch-up while other prominent countries, like China or the UK, stay ahead.

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  • Ella from Kentucky

    The United States should partake in international governing organizations for many reasons: accountability, responsibility, unity, and rectification. As the US is one of the most powerful nations in the world, there are some duties that come along with that. Every nation should strive to be a leader for others–not in a forceful way, but as a role model figure that is willing to help others and receive help as well. Along with being a strong force, the US is also a very prominent contributor to the issues that arise in the world with health and climate change due to pollution, among many other contributors. While the US may want to be independent in the end goals, it is important to have other people to be accountable for the country. Additionally, the nation should take responsibility for its effects on the world, whether positive or negative, and take action to change its ways if need be. It is better to work together than it is to be divided, especially amidst the massive problems that continue to arise. No one country can make a decision for the world, as everyone contributes in some way. For the world to feel good together, each country must be willing to work together. The rectification of all we have lost as people because of out actions can come to fruition through the accountability and responsibility of the US and the unity of the world.

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  • Joe from Kentucky

    Some problems extend beyond the borders of a single country. Issues such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic impact all citizens of the globe equally. With these international dilemmas that face all countries, how can we expect to fight these battles in solitude? Therefore, it is necessary for the United States to remain in international organizations such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health Organization.

    What’s the main advantage of these organizations? First, international organizations distribute the money and resources from wealthy countries and provide them to less wealthy countries. For example, if the U.S. were to commit to eliminating fossil fuel emissions, it would help underdeveloped countries that are physically impacted by extreme weather. On the other hand, if the U.S. ignores the Paris Climate Agreement, it forces poorer countries to rely on fossil fuels to keep their economy stable, which would further exacerbate climate change.

    Additionally, issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic need to be viewed as a global humanitarian crisis rather than a domestic problem. While President Biden is committed to vaccinating the majority of the American population by the end of this summer, there are still billions on non-American citizens that need access to vaccines and treatment of the coronavirus. The pandemic will never be over until we a global community can work together to vaccinate and treat the most vulnerable of the population.

    So, the question stands: Should the U.S. be involved in international governing organizations? The answer is quite simple. Yes, we, as citizens of the planet Earth, need to unite to destroy the common enemies that harm our world. To paraphrase Barbra Streisand, it is because we are all people—people who need people.

    In a globalized world, it is time to set aside cultural, ethnic, or linguistic differences and hold hands so that we can be united in solving the problems that will impact not only our lives, but the lives of our children and grandchildren.

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  • Sydney from Kentucky

    The US should be involved in international governing organizations. There are many issues that the world is facing today that are not unique to one country or another. COVID-19 is a great example of this. Everyone in the world is faced with the spread and outbreak of this virus. International organizations can better address issues similar to this because countries can share information about what is working for them or not working and can pull ideas from each other. The Coronavirus will not be the last issue that multiple countries face at the same time. Being a part of international organizations can help the US and other countries better face future problems because they will be able to communicate and devise plans together.

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  • Artem from Illinois

    Undoubtedly, American interests should always be placed above anything else by the US government. However, some issues transcend political borders. Climate change, pandemics, world peace, hunger, and poverty, are all global in scale, and the only way to battle them is to join forces with other nations. International cooperation is the cornerstone of the highly globalized modern politics, and because of the sheer power of the United States, it is our responsibility to be one of the leaders in worldwide organizations. How is it possible that two of the most used COVID-19 vaccines around the world were both made by American companies and American scientists, and yet the US is not part of the World Health Organization? How is it possible that the US is responsible for 15% of the global greenhouse gas emissions, and yet we are not a party to the Paris Climate Accords? Meanwhile, the gap left by American absence in such organizations is filled by nations such as China and Russia. They have been using the organizations for advancing their own influence, which is particularly frightening considering that the organizations impacting the world’s art, technology, education, health, and ecology are led by autocratic states. Just like we take leadership positions in organizations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, Organization of American States, and many others, we must rejoin and become leaders in the supranational organizations that we left under the Trump administration and once again take a stand in tackling worldwide issues, as well as in spreading Western democratic values.

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  • Marc from California

    If the American opinion does not reach international ears, decisions will be made in spite of America’s wishes. The same scenario will play out if the US joins these communities and casts unpopular, ineffective votes, so there is nothing to lose by joining. If, by chance, the American opinion matters to these institutions, all the better.

    The future of the world is already greatly influenced by our nation. It makes sense for us to try and fix the world’s problems, especially since the US itself is largely responsible for many of them.

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  • Jack from Pennsylvania

    Since the attack o Pearl Harbor and the World Trade Center, America has realized that its oceans no longer act as sufficient borders. Isolationist attitudes have proven insufficient for the emerging world order that continues to unfold before us. Borders, as they were once known, are simply a line in the sand. International commerce shattered those borders in its creation of a world marketplace.
    As President Obama said in his book The Audacity of Hope (2006), failure to respond to the world’s rapid globalization will result in a country that is “more stratified economically and socially” than previous generations have experienced. Our connections to the global marketplace are too entrenched to isolate ourselves form the world.

    The US cannot afford to step back from global organizations. The threats of climate change do not respect borders. Our country surely needs to clean up its act in regards to the terrible state we’re leaving our environment in. Even if we did rise to levels of perfection, the US is still only 4.22% of the world population. 95.78% of the world still needs strong leadership in helping cure the planet. It takes strong countries like America to help lead international efforts, such as fighting COVID and Climate Change, that affect everyone.

    It’s true that in diplomacy you don’t receive everything you want. Diplomacy is a back and forth, filled with intricate and nuanced relationships and agreements that dictate the world order. However, the economic and long-term advantages of being an active leader for our interests in the global community will surely pay off for America and the world.

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  • Jeremy from Vermont

    There will be international governing organizations with or without US involvement in said organizations. While the US is seen as a worldwide leader in many things, the organizations can and will function without our involvement. This being said, being in these organizations might cost the US literal capital, but will far and beyond make up the money we are paying to be a part of this organization (at the minimum travel expenses, at the maximum funding the organization and their efforts). The US will gain powerful allies in some of its goals, and gain the social capital and world credit needed to do many things that an isolationist America would struggle to do.

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  • Julia from Oklahoma

    I think yes and no. The United States should be involved in International Governing Organizations to a certain extent. It is very important to stay involved in global issues because the U.S. needs a say in how we as a globe will solve these issues. However, the U.S. needs to put itself first in these situations and do what is best for our country.
    Chuck Hagel, and American Politician, once said, “Alliances and international organizations should be understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence, not as constraints on our power.” The U.S. should spread democracy to other countries through opportunities like these global organizations while remembering to stay focused on what our country needs.

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  • Grace from Kentucky

    I think the U.S should be involved in the International Governing Organizations but only to a certain point. I think it is very important for our country to work with the rest of the World on issues we all have to deal with but I think first we need to fix our own problems. The U.S has too much internal conflict that we need to resolve before we should even think about getting involved in others problems. The American people need to know that they can trust their leaders and that their livelihoods are safe before the focus is drawn outside our borders. I do think it is important that we are involved with the rest of the World because we are responsible for what goes on in it and we need to do our best to keep Earth and all it’s people safe, happy, and healthy. I think to do that though, we need to start with our own people.

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  • Adam from Utah

    I would probably say no. While I recognize the importance of peace and the preservation of our environment, such things ought to be under the jurisdiction of our local governments, be that federal or state. The U.S. Constitution does allow the federal government to make treaties “under the authority of the united states” (Article 6, Clause 2). However, certain international governing organizations such as the Paris climate accord and others act outside that authority. By participating in these organizations, the federal government delegates part of its legislative power to the organization, which is ultimately unconstitutional. Under the Constitution, all legislative authority is intended to be “vested in … congress” (Article 1, Section1, Clause 1). The Constitution gives neither congress nor the president the power to delegate their authority to a foreign entity. Therefore, participation in these organizations would be contrary to the limits of the U.S. Constitution.

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  • Lanessa from Montana

    I dont think the US should be that involved with the rest of the world making decisions. America needs to focus on becoming greater and bettering itself before concerning itself with the other international governing affairs. In the past, American has been at a place where it can come to the other contries rescue in time of need and if we dont focus on keeping America great, we will no longer be able to asist others when they need help.

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  • Magnus from Ohio

    No, the United states needs to focus on ourselves right now and not on other countries.

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  • Ainsley from Arkansas

    The US government has appropriate time to be involved in International Governing Organizations, otherwise, it is not fit. The US government itself, just like all others, has the right to govern the people of their country. But what this also means, is that government should not become too involved in other organizations. With subjects such as climate change, it is a team effort from governments around the world, which includes the US. This is when working with other countries in an effort to make the world a better place for all of us would be appropriate. Quoting The New York Times article over The Paris Climate Agreement: “While Americans make up just over 4 percent of the world’s population, they are responsible for almost a third of the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.” This shows that it’s not only a solo effort, but all team players are going to be put on the floor at some point, sometimes for the worse or for the better.
    On the other hand, the US needs to have their government as top priority. There needs to be times in which the government will not be able to work with another country due to safety and privacy concerns. As most teenagers and many adults know, Trump had plans to ban TikTok from being downloaded in the United States, but many don’t see the reasoning behind it. The concern in which another country was able to get into the US citizens information. This isn’t confirmed, but it was highly suspected, which called for the fifty states to be a top priority to the government.
    There are times in which the US needs to be in contact with other countries, but each countries governing area should be the number one priority to control.

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  • Grace from Tennessee

    On airplanes, flight attendants instruct passengers that if the cabin loses oxygen pressure to put their oxygen mask on first, before they attempt to help anyone else. If oxygen levels are low, and you don’t have an oxygen mask on already, you can’t help someone else put on their mask because you will faint from lack of oxygen. This theory can be applied to everyday life as well as to our government. Currently, there are numerous issues facing our country. For example, the pandemic has caused economic shutdowns that have caused businesses to shut down, suspend operations, have a lack in patrons. This is evident because our government has attempted to address the financial impact of shutdowns with stimulus checks, Small Business Administration loans (like the “Economic Injury Disaster Loan”), forbearance programs on federally backed mortgages, and much more (“Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources”).
    The simple fact is this: Our economy is hurting and our people are hurting. Kimberly Amedeo, the president of “WorldMoneyWatch” who has 20 years of senior-level corporate experience in economic analysis and business strategy produced a study that indicated this: “The current U.S. unemployment rate is 6.7% for December 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said in its monthly report” and that “unemployment is one of the most critical economic issues facing the country as it balances re-opening with safety months into the pandemic. In April, after governments shut down the economy, the unemployment rate reached 14.7%, the highest since the Great Depression.” Our lives have been impacted professionally and personally.

    The United States of America is a leader, but our country has an obligation to put its own oxygen mask on first, so to speak, before trying to help anyone else. Otherwise, we will all end up passed out on the ground because we spread ourselves too thin. Economically, we are in debt. Civilly, we are in unrest. How can America help lead the world if America cannot lead its own people in safety, prosperity and peace? It can’t. Our country needs to resolve issues and meet needs domestically before considering anything else. Our government was created to meet the needs of its people, not the needs of the world. We are to be an example, but we cannot put their mask on for them, otherwise we ourselves will be destroyed. The Preamble to the United States Constitution says that, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Our government secures the rights of its citizens foremost. After we have ensured our security and safety, we can more effectively address the needs of other. Abraham Lincoln said that “government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the Earth” (qtd. in McNamara). Our government should keep prioritizing the rights and protections of its citizens because that is exactly what it was created to do.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources, http://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.

    Amadeo, Kimberly. “What Is the Current US Unemployment Rate?” The Balance, 10 Nov. 2020, http://www.thebalance.com/current-u-s-unemployment-rate-statistics-and-news-3305733.

    McNamara, Robert. “What Lincoln Wanted to Accomplish With His Gettysburg Address.” ThoughtCo, http://www.thoughtco.com/abraham-lincoln-and-the-gettysburg-address-1773573.

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  • Lola from Oklahoma

    I believe that the U.S needs to work on our own personal needs so that we can learn what we need for our country to prosper. Not every country has the same problems and interests as the U.S does so it wouldn’t make since to follow what the rest of the world does. Before we work with the rest of the world. Then we can priorities working with foreign countries

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  • Rachele from Georgia

    I do not believe that the U.S. should be involved in international governing affairs. Although it’s true that as Americans, it is our duty to promote a shielded environment around the globe, foreign aid isn’t the way to go about this problem. In fact, it has been proven time and time again that aid DOESN’T equal development, and even contributes to debt, especially to poor and newly developing countries.
    Even the Clinton administrative task force has recognized the utter failure of contributing to international affairs, saying “despite decades of foreign assistance, most of Africa and parts of Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East are economically worse off today than they were 20 years ago.” and around 1989, a bipartisan task force of the House Foreign Affairs Committee commented that U.S. aid programs “no longer either advance U.S. interests abroad or promote economic development”.
    Foreign aid is a false sense of hope for demanding countries and does nothing more than distinguish that hope by leaving them more debt-ridden, prone to inflation, and only leaves them in the hands of a corrupt government. We can actually see this happening in Africa today. Money from rich nations has only led Africa into a pit of poverty and slow economic growth. The same can be said for many other impoverished countries. In Indonesia, farmers’ AID-financed irrigation canals were confiscated by the American government. In Mali, farmers were forced to sell their crops to a project run by AID and the Mali government. And in Egypt and Haiti farmers had to witness their crop prices drop when the U.S. gave free food to those countries.
    This is why I believe the U.S. shouldn’t be involved in international government affairs. It isn’t a gift to help countries in need, but rather a loan, and it may be one poorer countries struggle to pay. It is for this reason that countries in need of aid end up poverty-stricken and economically deflated, and why local politicians end up affluent. We mustn’t get involved in this scam meant for political gain, because foreign aid has not done anything that the countries couldn’t have done themselves.

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  • Esther from Utah

    Alexander Hamilton put it nicely when he said, “There is nothing absurd or impracticable in the idea of a league or alliance between independent nations for certain defined purposes precisely stated in a treaty regulating all the details of time, place, circumstance, and quantity; leaving nothing to future discretion; and depending for its execution on the good faith of the parties.” Alliance and amity between nations can unarguably be very beneficial. Where we see a problem is when the purpose of a collaboration is not precisely defined. This seems to be written into the nature of international governing organizations. They have no set time limit and rarely provide clear, significant benefits for every party involved. The interests of their members often collide, and their responsibilities are usually vague. This means that when we’re involved in international governing organizations, we don’t know exactly how and to what extent, if any, we’re going to be benefited. In fact, I’d argue that we’re put at a loss.
    A people’s government should ideally be servants of and directly accountable to the people. With international governing organizations, the executive branches are not directly accountable to U.S. voters or anyone else. The power center is so far removed and centralized, and the ties to American people and their desires so weak, that it can’t effectively serve U.S. citizens. Furthermore, when we get involved in an international governing organization, we abdicate our sovereignty. For example, some of the leading arguments for Britain to leave the EU were so that they could have control over their own borders, make their own trade deals, and legislate in their own interests. Countries are going to be much more successful when they don’t depend on another organization to solve their problems and be the parent that always knows what’s best for them. Additionally, it becomes dangerous to let international actors have such sway and control over other nations and their citizens.
    International governing organizations can admittedly reap benefits in some scenarios, but they are too often reminiscent of a dictatorship. They don’t have clear, defined limits and goals to benefit Americans, and, by nature, they take control away from U.S. citizens.

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  • Ben from New York

    No, The US should limit involvment in the international community, although we need to have some reach in order to keep our advisories in check, we spend far too much taxpayer money on programs that sometimes not only don’t benefit but can also harm the American people.

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  • Reid from Kentucky

    Should the United States be involved in international governing organizations. No, we shouldn’t, and there are several reasons why. Yes, other nations rely on us for medication or other things that require big bucks, but especially in this time, our country is falling apart. We need to find our identity first, with all of the hate that we are showing toward each other, we need to focus on ourselves before we do anything with other countries. Also, we are in trillions of dollars in debt, so how are we able to get this money and help countries with the things that we ourselves have the same problem with. Our government is supposed to help Americans out as much as we can, not other nations who aren’t a part of the United States. Instead of helping the poor in other nations, why not help the poor in our cities who are asking for money on the sides of streets. If it hardly helps the United States in any way, why would we help them out instead of getting us better. We need to prioritize us instead of them. If you want to help them out, take what you have and go to that country and help them out there, not take away our valuable things to help out a country that’s not even our nation’s property. In the Covid pandemic, why wouldn’t we look out for citizens of our own nation to get our country as safe as possible, but go out of our way to help them when our country isn’t even close to normal.

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  • Jonah from Kentucky

    The United States absolutely should not be involved in international governing organizations. These organizations do not benefit the U.S. but rather take resources from the U.S. to benefit other countries around the world. While giving less-fortunate countries a helping hand is great, the U.S. has more than enough issues that these resources could solve. Organizations like the World Health Organization and the Paris Agreement are ineffective and expensive for the United States.
    The United States is the largest contributing member to the World Health Organization of $500 million per year. Although that membership fee is rather large, it could be argued that no price is too large to protect the health of the world’s citizens. However, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the blind sides of the World Health Organization. For example, according to The Atlantic, China greatly influenced the elections of the current leadership in the organization more than any other state. As a result, the leadership was slow in their response to COVID-19 and even attempted to cover up the origin of the virus: Wuhan City, China. Therefore, should the United States pay $500 million to an organization that prioritizes allegiance to their country rather than the best interests of the world?
    Additionally, as a result of the Paris Climate Accord, the Obama Administration sent $1 billion to the Green Climate Fund which was created through the agreement with hopes to collect a $100 billion from all of the contributions of the participating countries with the United States as the largest contributor. Also, there are not any terms and conditions within the agreement that require countries to be transparent with their use of these funds, so how can we be sure that countries are actually using the funds to improve the environment? According to Heritage.org, the regulations outlined in the agreement would rob hundred of thousands of Americans of their jobs and cost the U.S. GDP $2.5 trillion by 2035. The Paris Climate Accord is not good for America.
    Dissidents to the stated opinions may argue that the U.S. needs these agreements and organizations to improve world health, the environment, and aid other countries. However, the United States is disproportionately the largest contributor to every international governing organization with little to no return on investment. Therefore, the United States would be better off investing that money into programs that directly benefit Americans and can be regulated with transparency. Regarding foreign aid, the U.S. does not need an organization to distribute foreign aid for it. International governing organizations exploit American resources and, ultimately, the American taxpayer. The U.S. needs to exit these organizations and agreements and put Americans first.

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  • Jarrett from Kentucky

    No, the U.S. should not be involved in international governing organizations. For almost the entirety of the United States’ history, there have been organizations and agreements such as the UN, WHO, NAFTA, and the Paris climate accords that have supposedly done a lot for the world and benefiting issues such as security, climate change, and trade have shown given the United States little to no gain. Especially in areas such as the Paris Accords that have shown little change or results on the issue of climate change. Moreover, not only are agreements such as the Paris Accords not showing results they have also cost the U.S. up to 3 trillion dollars in the Obama administration for example as well as 6.5 million projected industrial jobs by 2040. Overall, America should prioritize its own interests above others. This is not to say that we shouldn’t be world leaders, but we shouldn’t willingly pay for agreements that are not producing change or result not only in the U.S. but also across the world.

    https://www.globalenergyinstitute.org/new-report-examines-costs-us-industrial-sector-obamas-paris-pledge

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  • Josiah from Montana

    yes, but under certain circumstances, one being the reason the U.S. doesn’t join the UN, the U.S. keeps its reputation for being the only free country in the world. I do think its important for the U.S. to be involved and know what’s going on, but not be fully connected to another country as it would then sully destroy the purpose of the United States being free. like we help other allies across seas in battles and wars but we are not fully connected to them nor them to us. if we isolated ourselves from not being connected in international organizations then I feel like a lot more would get snuck under our noses without even knowing for decades. then just yet we’ve done a good job of not letting that happen. the United States has survived for this long, and continues to grow I have a hard time seeing the need to join a league or Nation. Still it will always stand by the one saying of “America would no longer have the title of being the only free country in the world ad lose its reputation forever. that alone is and will be the greatest factor for this question.

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  • josiah from Montana

    no, because i feel like with what’s going on in the world right now America needs to focus on ourselves a little more like each country has. not saying we are falling apart, but defiantly on the road to corruption. the US has always stood out in being the only free country which is why we haven’t joined the UN. the US keeps that reputation

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  • Sydney from Missouri

    Though I’m not familiar with the effects of involvment in international governing organizations will have on the United States, I believe that as a nation, the United States should not entirely involve itself in international governing organizations.

    Though some issues require global cooperation, I believe that the United States could do without the need to represent the world. The United States need only to represent itself through what it does at home, rather than an international scale.

    While some would argue that American exceptionalism and involvement in international affairs allows for the creation of foreign alliances and international peace, I believe in an America where we are exceptional because of what we represent. The United States’ ability can be demonstrated through its focus on its on domestic issues/needs and the care for democracy.

    According to the U.S. Department of State, two of its main foreign policy goals is to “advance democracy, human rights, and other global interests” and “promote international understanding of American values and policies.” What better way to accomplish these tasks than through executing and promoting them from within.

    By demonstrating what the United States represents, America can make good on its word to show and not tell. If the U.S. is eager to be exceptional through showing what it can do for the world, then the U.S. should lead by example. Furthermore, by upholding the truths that the United States was built on, I believe it can open an opportunity for the people of the United States to have the ear of policy-makers. This means public opinion on foreign policy could be heard.

    But of course, there are global issues that the United States needs to tackle that require international cooperation and leadership. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic and re-joining the World Health Organization. The United States can take part in a global issue and demonstrate to the world how exceptional America is, as well as taking care of itself. By taking care of ourselves first, we can then extend aid, leadership, and confidence to others.

    The United States is indeed a world power. But let’s not forget that it is also a country of its own.

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  • Riley from New York

    Scientists predict that, even if the countries in the Paris Climate Agreement honor their carbon reduction commitments, the Earth’s temperature will increase by 3 degrees Celsius by the end of century compared to pre-industrial level.
    The US should not be involved in International Governing organizations such as the Paris Climate Agreement (PCA) for many reasons. NASA says that it is impossible to predict the climate 100 years from now, and that climate is the average daily weather taken from a 30 year span.
    The US involvement in the PCA put us at a permanent disadvantage world wide. Although 196 countries initially signed on the the PCA in Dec. 2015, only a handful were following through with their commitment to reduce carbon emissions. Any the US was actually financing other countries initiatives to do the same. Countries signed on the PSA knowing that they could never do so…..their economy or their politics or their technological disadvantages put them in a position to ignore the recommendations of the PCA.
    The other problem of the PCA is that there is no oversight, no governing body checking to see if nations are making any headway in reducing emissions. No regulatory commission, no incentive to act or not, no tax or sanctions for not doing anything. No equity among countries. So…the commitment and promise was tainted. Without international punishment for failure to follow through, why do it? Other countries were not going to bankrupt themselves in this process. Additionally, the money the US sent to these countries was not tracked. Where did it actually go?
    Our planet will experience climate issues such as floods, drought, rising sea levels, hurricanes, etc, however, a lopsided PCA wont change this. It actually gave a false sense of hope to Americans, falsely believing that the PCA would solve the worlds climate crisis. NOT SO!
    Withdrawing form this international organization saved the US Billions of dollars. As Americans, we can and do regulate our own carbon emissions and have regulatory bodies overseeing our factories, auto industry, heating and cooling industry and much more. Until there is absolute equity in observing the protocol of reducing carbon emissions, the US should remain OUT of this agreement. It makes sense financially, economically, politically and sustainably.

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