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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 regularly practice a double typical for human rights norms: one the remainder of the realm needs to realize, yet which the U.S. can thoroughly forget about. in line with wide interviews with major international policymakers, army officers, and human rights advocates, Mertus tells the tale of ways America's makes an attempt to advertise human rights in another country have, ironically, undermined these rights in different nations. the second one version brings the tale modern, together with new sections at the moment half the Bush management and the Iraq struggle, and updates on Afghanistan. the 1st variation of Bait and turn received the yank Political technology Association's 2005 top ebook on Human Rights.

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Ibid. 78. Andrew Moravcik, “The Origins of Human Rights Regimes: Democratic Delegation in Postwar Europe,” International Organization 54 (2000): 217–52. 79. Robert O. Keohane, “International Institutions: Two Approaches,” International Studies Quarterly 32 (1988): 379–82. 80. : Cornell University Press, 1998). 81. Ibid. See esp. 887–917. 82. S. Sanctions Against South Africa,” International Organization 49 (1995): 451; and Martha Finnemore, “International Organizations as Teachers of Norms: The United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization and Science Policy,” International Organization 47 (1993): 565.

S. 80 Yet in the case of Somalia, there was not much media coverage before the decision to act, and thus media coverage cannot be credited with prompting the intervention. To the extent that “television inspired American intervention in Somalia,” political scientist Jonathan Mermin explains, “it did so under the influence of government actors . . S. ”81 The media does prove influential, but only in limited cases. 87 While the human rights supporters within government did not exercise appreciable policy setting, they did find some success in reaching their goals in the Bush administration, in contrast to the Reagan era.

14 Development of State Department and Congressional Roles In designing his own policies on human rights, Bush also had to contend with a Congress and State Department that had become increasingly interested in human rights. The willingness of the State Department to engage in human rights issues was a radical departure from earlier times. S. S. support for abusive regimes, commenting, You cannot implement your values unless you survive. . Wherever we can, we are trying to nudge [these regimes] in a direction that is compatible with our values.

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