Bait and Switch Human Rights and U. S. Foreign Policy

ISBN-10: 0415964490
ISBN-13: 9780415964494
Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)
Authors: Julie A. Mertus
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List price: $40.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 2/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

It has become routine for the US government to invoke human rights to justify its foreign policy decisions and military ventures. But this human rights talk has not been supported by a human rights walk. Policy makers consistently apply a double standard for human rights norms: one the rest of the world must observe, but which the US can safely ignore. Based on extensive interviews with leading foreign policy makers, military officials, and human rights advocates, Mertus tells the story of how America's attempts to promote human rights abroad have, paradoxically, undermined those rights in other countries. The second edition brings the story up-to-date, including new sections on the second half of the Bush administration and the Iraq War, and updates on Afghanistan. The first edition of Bait and Switch won the American Political Science Association's 2005 Best Book on Human Rights.

Julie A. Mertus is Associate Professor and Codirector of the MA program in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs at American University. She has worked on human rights education in more than 20 countries and has authored numerous publications on human rights. Her book Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy (Routledge 2004) was named "human rights book of the year" by the American Political Science Association Human Rights Section.

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