Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy

Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy

by Julie A. Mertus
     
 

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:
9780415948500
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/22/2004
Series:
Global Horizons Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface to Second Edition     xi
Introduction: All That Glitters ...     1
The Lingua Franca of Diplomacy: Human Rights and the Post-Cold War Presidencies     25
The New Military Humanism Under Attack: Human Rights and the U.S. Armed Forces     107
Raising Expectations?: Civil Society's Influence on Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy     157
Conclusion: Bait and Switch?     227
Selected List of Persons Interviewed     237
Bibliography     243
Index     283

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