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Strategic US Foreign Assistance

The Battle Between Human Rights and National Security, 1st Edition

By Rhonda L. Callaway, Elizabeth G. Matthews


236 pages

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One major dilemma regarding US foreign policy is when and how the US should address human rights around the globe and what responsibility exists for the US to promote human rights in the countries that receive US aid. Does US policy for foreign assistance really address human rights or is it merely another instrument in the US foreign policy toolbox? This insightful book addresses several key themes and questions revolving around the complex nature of US foreign policy and human rights. It examines US foreign policy and human rights, as well as the evolution of US assistance, and includes empirical evidence and case studies of Plan Colombia, Turkey and the war on terror, India and Pakistan. It closes with a look at the future of foreign aid.


’An important contribution to research on human rights and foreign aid. It offers an insightful evaluation of the US aid regime and its oftentimes detrimental consequences for those on the receiving end. This book should be of interest to both scholars and policymakers alike.’ Sabine Carey, University of Nottingham, UK & PRIO/CSCW, Norway 'How to balance our own security against the human rights of others is the question that motivates this book. Scholars and those in policy circles will benefit from the analysis offered. It tackles this hard and important issue using a mix of research techniques and in a thought-provoking way - not least in the call for honesty as the United States considers its policy objectives in giving aid to other countries.' Neil J. Mitchell, University of Aberdeen, UK

About the Authors

Dr Rhonda L Callaway, Sam Houston State University, USA, and Dr Elizabeth G. Matthews, Department of Political Science, California State University, San Marcos, USA.

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