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From the Publisher"Understanding U.S. Human Rights Policy is a tour de force that provides an in-depth and intelligent history of American human rights policy. More than that, its sharp and passionate analysis shows the hope, but also the despair, in pursuing human rights."
- Mark Gibney, Belk Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina, Asheville
"Understanding U.S. Human Rights Policy takes readers on a president-by-president tour of U.S. foreign policy on human rights....Apocada demonstrates that an effective and successful human rights policy depends on conflict between Congress and the Executive Branch, as well as the active partcipation of nongovernmental organization and the American public. Anyone interested in exploring what it would take to re-establish human rights and morality in U.S. foreign policy will find important lessons in this fine book."
- Julie Mertus, Professor and Co-Director of the MA program in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs, School of International Service, American University
"An excellent, up-to-date, thoroughly documented, and accurate account of the development and institutionalization of human rights promotion as a goal of US foreign policy from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush. Apodaca claims that the neoconservative Bush administration, with the acquiescence of Congress, finally has succeeded in silencing the idealist proponents for human rights promotion. Is she right? If she is right, will US citizens be more or less secure from external threats in the future?"
- David Cingranelli, Department of Political Science, Binghamton University (SUNY)