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Human Rights and US Foreign Policy

Prevarications and Evasions, 1st Edition

By Clair Apodaca


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Human Rights and US Foreign Policy provides a comprehensive historical overview and analysis of the complex and often vexing problem of understanding the formation of U.S. human rights policy.

The proper place of human rights and fundamental freedoms in U.S. foreign policy has long been debated among scholars, politicians, and the American public. Clair Apodaca argues that the history of United States human rights policy unfolds as a series of prevarications that are the result of Presidential preferences, along with the conflict and cooperation among bureaucratic actors.

Through a series of chapters devoted to U.S. presidential administrations from Richard Nixon to the present, she delivers a comprehensive historical, social, and cultural context to understand the development and implementation of U.S. human rights policy. For each administration, she pays close attention to how ideology, bureaucratic politics, lobbying, and competition affect the inclusion or exclusion of human rights in the economic and military aid allocation decisions of the United States. She further demonstrates that from the inception of U.S. human rights policy, presidents have attempted to tell only part of the truth or to reformulate the truth by redefining the meaning of the terms human rights, democracy, or torture, for example. In this way, human rights policy has been about prevarication.

Human Rights and US Foreign Policy is a key text for students, which will appeal to all readers who will find a historically informed, argument driven, account of the erratic evolution of U.S. human rights policy since the Nixon administration.

Table of Contents

1. The Battlefield of Foreign Aid as Foreign Policy

2. U.S. Human Rights Policy during the Cold War: A Historical Overview

3. U.S. Human Rights Policy in the Post-Cold War Era: A Decade of Lost Opportunities

4. The Prevaricator in Chief: George W. Bush (2001-2009)

5. The Prevaricator of Change: Barak Obama (2009-2017)

6. A Prevaricator who old the Truth: Donald Trump

7. The Future of United States Human Rights Policy

About the Author

Clair Apodaca, (PhD, Purdue University, 1996). Is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Human Rights

The Routledge Human Rights series publishes high quality and cross-disciplinary scholarship on topics of key importance in human rights today. In a world where human rights are both celebrated and contested, this series is committed to create stronger links between disciplines and explore new methodological and theoretical approaches in human rights research. Aimed towards both scholars and human rights professionals, the series strives to provide both critical analysis and policy-oriented research in an accessible form. The series welcomes work on specific human rights issues as well as on cross-cutting themes and institutional perspectives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights