Bait and Switch (Global Horizons Series): Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy / Edition 1

Bait and Switch (Global Horizons Series): Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy / Edition 1

by Julie A. Mertus, Richard (Eds.) Falk, R. B. J. Walker, Lester Ruiz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415948517

ISBN-13: 9780415948517

Pub. Date: 04/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

It has become routine for the U.S. government to invoke human rights to justify its foreign policy decisions and military ventures. But this human rights talk has not been supported by a human rights walk. Policymakers consistently apply a double standard for human rights norms: one the rest of the world must observe, but which the U.S. can safely

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Overview

It has become routine for the U.S. government to invoke human rights to justify its foreign policy decisions and military ventures. But this human rights talk has not been supported by a human rights walk. Policymakers consistently apply a double standard for human rights norms: one the rest of the world must observe, but which the U.S. can safely ignore.

Based on extensive interviews with leading foreign policymakers, military officials, and human rights advocates, Mertus tells the story of how America's attempts to promote human rights abroad have, paradoxically, undermined those rights in other countries. The second edition brings the story up to date, including new sections on the second half of the Bush administration and the Iraq War, and updates on Afghanistan.

The first edition of Bait and Switch won the American Political Science Association's 2005 Best Book on Human Rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415948517
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Series:
Global Horizons Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : all that glitters1
2The Lingau Franca of diplomacy : human rights and the post-Cold War presidencies25
3The new military humanism : human rights and the U.S. military91
4Raising expectations : civil society's influence on human rights and U.S. foreign policy145
5Conclusion : bait and switch?209

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