By Julie A. Mertus
It has turn into regimen for the U.S. govt to invoke human rights to justify its overseas coverage judgements and armed forces ventures. yet this human rights speak has now not been supported by means of a human rights stroll. Policymakers continuously practice a double general for human rights norms: one the remainder of the area needs to detect, yet which the U.S. can correctly forget about. in line with huge interviews with prime overseas policymakers, army officers, and human rights advocates, Mertus tells the tale of the way America's makes an attempt to advertise human rights out of the country have, sarcastically, undermined these rights in different international locations. the second one version brings the tale brand new, together with new sections at the moment 1/2 the Bush management and the Iraq battle, and updates on Afghanistan. the 1st version of Bait and turn received the yank Political technology Association's 2005 top booklet on Human Rights.
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But to pretend that we can simply declare our values and transform the world has a high risk of a policy of constant interventionism in every part of the world . 18 American diplomats rarely criticized oppressive regimes before the administration of Jimmy Carter, and Kissinger made an example of one who HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE POST–COLD WAR PRESIDENCIES 29 did—Ambassador David Popper. S. S. S. S. military and economic assistance to other nations. Requirements were created for certain countries with histories of abusing human rights, such as Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.
53 To a large extent, the focus of the Bush administration was an economic new world order. Walter Russell Mead explains that this could be characterized as the Hamilltonian globalist school. ”54 The foreign policy of the Bush administration was also inﬂuenced by the more multilaterally minded Wilsonian school. Mead explains that for Wilsonians, a “vast and systematic intensiﬁcation of American political and economic interests around the world” entails such measures as “promoting the rule of law, the spread of democracy, and the construction of a genuine international consensus against aggression and the protection of human rights .
The now classic debate over “relative normativity” in international law, which was initiated in Prosper Weil, “Towards Relative Normativity in International Law,” American Journal of International Law 77 (1983): 413, and the responses in Theodor Meron, “On a Hierarchy of International Human Rights,” American Journal of International ALL THAT GLITTERS . . 112. 113. 114. 115. 116. 117. 118. 23 Law 80 (1986): 1, and in John Tasioulas, “In Defense of Relative Normativity: Communitarian Values and the Nicaragua Case,” Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 16 (1996): 85.
Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy (Global Horizons) by Julie A. Mertus