Evelyn Farkas has spent three decades as a foreign policy leader in the federal government, specializing in peace and stability operations, nuclear nonproliferation, and strengthening democracies and the international order. Farkas served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee from 2001-2008. In 2012, she was appointed by Barack Obama as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, where she served until 2015. At DOD, she worked on upholding the rule of law and supporting Ukrainian democracy against Russian attacks and she spearheaded Montenegro’s admission into NATO. New York’s 17th Congressional District is a safe Democratic seat that is open following Rep. Nita Lowey’s retirement in 2020. Farkas leads the field in fundraising, with over $1 million dollars raised, and has collected endorsements from prominent national security figures, including Secretary John Kerry, Ambassadors Dan Shapiro and Stuart Eisenstat, Reps. Tom Malinowski, Marci Kaptur, Julia Brownley, Annie Kuster, as well as Foreign Policy for America and Emily’s List.
Farkas is committed to fostering a strong US-Israel relationship. She asserts a two state-solution is the only morally and politically viable option to achieve lasting peace. Farkas will not shy away from condemning actions that challenge peace. She deems Israeli settlements and unilateral annexation as contrary to international law and an obstacle to peace. Farkas makes clear her support for Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge and her desire to provide aid to the PA, while underscoring American leadership as a central factor in achieving a diplomatic outcome. She supports the JCPOA and efforts to bring Iran back into a new more robust agreement, as laid out in a Washington Post oped she authored in 2019. Her perspective is bolstered by experience working to limit nuclear proliferation in Asia-Pacific (including travel to North Korean nuclear facilities) and globally as Executive Director of the congressionally-mandated Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism (which also warned about biological threats, including pandemics).