The next president needs to take on the imbalance between what the nation spends on military engagement and our spending on peace-building and conflict prevention, says Theo Sitther, director of the peace-building program at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, in this Burning Issues video.
"It saves resources and it saves lives," he says.
There are programs funded by the U.S. government that are effective tools for preventing or resolving conflicts. "When you listen to candidates speak, listen to what foot they want to put forward," he says. "Do they want a militaristic U.S. foreign policy, or is it one that is going to bring more peace and stability to the world?"