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By Rhonda L. Callaway

In a post-Cold struggle surroundings, questions about the recipient country's human rights were imperative to the controversy relating reduction allocation. the USA (US) has incorporated human rights as a massive portion of its international coverage time table starting with the Marshall Plan and extra lately with Plan Colombia designed to wrestle drug trafficking. long term strategic US relationships additional exhibit the conflict among human rights and nationwide safety with the post-September eleven, 2001 surroundings stressing the significance of strategic allies within the warfare on terrorism. notwithstanding, there exists a paradox relating to US international advice: does it fairly handle human rights or is it basically one other device within the US overseas coverage toolbox? This insightful e-book addresses a number of key issues and questions revolving round the complicated nature people overseas coverage and human rights.

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Holsti (1996) contends that the American public’s interest in human rights was sharpened due to the Vietnam War. He writes that a; combination of the civil rights movement at home, revelations of gross human rights abuses by some American allies—including the South Vietnamese regime on whose behalf the United States was expending vast treasure and lives—and reactions to the stark realpolitik foreign policies of the Nixon-Kissinger period combined to rekindle interest in human rights foreign policy goals that had rarely played more than a secondary role during the height of the Cold War (Holsti 1996, 1).

Therefore, when both concepts are vague, policy decisions often become misguided. ” For realists, it is not that states pursue immoral polices, merely amoral ones (Amstutz 1999; Harries 2005). As such Hans Morgenthau, generally referred to as the father of modern realism, would argue that it is unethical for states not to pursue policies that lie with their national interests.

Thus for realists, the only allegiance is to the welfare of the state such that the “only morality is that which promotes and protects the territorial security and economic well-being of a state” (Amstutz 1999, 6). US foreign policy makers, particularly during the Cold War, clung to this realpolitik view of foreign policy. This was muted to some extent as a result of the Vietnam War and the attempts by Jimmy Carter to inject his morality and ethical behavior more forcibly into foreign affairs. However, the perception of morality can be just as cloudy as the perception of what constitutes a human right.

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