Human Rights and US Foreign Policy by Jan Hancock

By Jan Hancock

This ebook analyzes the position of human rights within the international coverage of the George W. Bush Administrations.

References to human rights, freedom and democracy turned widespread reasons for post-9/11 overseas coverage, but human rights were neither impartially nor universally built-in into decision-making. Jan Hancock addresses this obvious paradox via contemplating 3 targeted causes. the 1st place holds that human rights shape a constitutive international coverage aim, the second one that obvious double criteria refute the 1st point of view. This booklet seeks to development past this everyday dialogue via using a Foucaultian approach to discourse research to signify a 3rd rationalization. via this research, the writer examines how a discourse of human rights has been artificially produced and carried out within the presentation folks overseas coverage. This illuminating examine builds on a wealth of fundamental resource facts from human rights organisations to rfile the contradictions among the claims and perform of human rights made by means of the Bush Administrations, in addition to the political value of denying this disjuncture.

Human Rights and US international Policy should be of curiosity to complex scholars and researchers people international coverage, human rights, diplomacy and safety experiences.

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That the reflective explanation offers an inadequate interpretation of hegemonic rule one can be demonstrated through examining how the president’s assessment on the role of human rights in foreign policy has changed over time. In the 2000 presidential debates against Al Gore, George W. 71 In one debate Bush stated, for example, ‘I don’t think we can be all things to all people in the world. 72 In another debate Bush voiced his opposition to the interventions in Somalia and Haiti by claiming that ‘I don’t think nation-building missions are worthwhile’ and that ‘I don’t think our troops ought to be used for what’s called nation-building.

Instead, the hegemonic discourse was seen as describing the constitutive and independent, if at times aspirational, role that human rights perform in foreign policy. The rejectionist interpretation in contrast saw the notable disjuncture between the claims made in the hegemonic discourse and the reality of foreign policy as evidence to dismiss the discourse as devoid of explanatory value. Both the reflective and rejectionist explanations were found to suffer notable inadequacies. The productive account suggested that the hegemonic discourse could be taken seriously, unlike its interpretation under the rejectionist explanation but not literally, unlike its interpretation under the reflective explanation.

Bush Administrations described in Chapter 1. Articulating the first of these rules, President Wilson advanced the rights of man as independent foreign policy goals when accounting for his decision to commit the US to World War I. 22 The second hegemonic rule holds that human rights are promoted in foreign policy not out of choice alone but rather to realize a pre-existent US identity. 24 This message asserting a national identity in terms of the rights of man was repeated in an address to Congress in 1916.

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