'If I had the power to do so, I would make this book compulsory reading for all who exercise political power in our world today! Instead, I will keep my fingers crossed that it will be read by as many members of Congress and of the current US administration as possible, and by a wide cross-section of policy analysts, diplomats, academics and human rights defenders.' - Mary Robinson, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Wars on Terrorism and Iraq provides a timely and critical analysis of the impact of the wars on terrorism and Iraq on human rights particularly internationally, as well as related tensions between unilateralism and multilateralism in US foreign policy. The distinguished contributors examine the consequences for international relations and world order of the traditional standard bearer for human rights and democracy (the United States) appearing not to be championing the rule of law and negotiated conflict resolution. The authors also suggest effective policies to promote greater fulfilment of human rights in order to achieve peaceful accord within nations, and stability internationally.
'An enjoyable read that will aid in better understanding of the dynamics of power plays at the international level.' - U.S.I. Journal
'A far more self-reflective account of the link between human rights and American foreign policy.' - International Journal of Human Rights
Part 1: Framing the Debate 1. The Interplay of US Domestic Issues, Human Rights and US Foreign Policy 2. Precedent and Example in the International Arena Part 2: The War on Terrorism and Human Rights 3. US Foreign Policy and Human Rights in an Era of Insecurity 4. Unintended International Consequences of the War on Terrorism 5. The Bush Administration's Neglect of Human Rights in Fighting Terrorism: The boomerang effect Part 3: US Multilateralism in the Wake of Iraq 6. Bush, Iraq, and the UN: Whose idea was this anyway? 7. The War Against Iraq: Strategic and normative implications 8. The Future of US-European Relations 9. Legal Unilateralism 10. Tactical Multilateralism: US Foreign Policy toward the Middle East Conclusion