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The Wars on Terrorism and Iraq
Human Rights, Unilateralism and US Foreign Policy

ISBN 9780415700634
Published April 10, 2004 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

'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.

Table of Contents

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

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Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, where he is co-director of the United Nations Intellectual History Project and editor of Global Governance. He has written or edited some 30 books about multilateral approaches to international peace and security, humanitarian action, and sustainable development.

Margaret E. Crahan is the Dorothy Epstein Professor of Latin American History at Hunter College and The CUNY Graduate Center and a Senior Research Associate of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University.

John Goering is a Professor at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York. From 1997 to Spring 1999, he served on the staff of the White House Initiative on Race.


'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