In the past decade, human rights as a component of U.S. foreign policy has been the subject of intense debate. First brought to the forefront by President Carter, it has also turned out to be one of the most controversial aspects of foreign policy during the Reagan administration. Policymakers who attempt to cope with human rights issues are immediately confronted with questions not only about the basic purposes of U.S. foreign policy, but also about the essential nature of our political system; they are compelled to reflect upon the interrelationship between domestic public opinion and the pursuit of U.S. interests abroad. The complexity of human rights issues is reflected in the diverse contributions to this book. The authors examine the philosophical foundations of human rights, the lessons of history that are relevant to today's concerns, and contemporary policy. A concluding essay provides a critical analysis of the arguments made by the authors.

chapter 1|22 pages

The Philosophical Foundation of Human Rights

ByClifford Orwin, Thomas Pangle

chapter 2|7 pages

Human Rights and the International State System

ByAbram Ν. Shulsky

chapter 3|39 pages

The British Campaign Against the Slave Trade

ByCharles H. Fairbanks, Eli Nathans

chapter 4|23 pages

Affirmative Action: Human Rights at Home

ByFred Baumann

chapter 5|13 pages

Human Rights in U.S. Policy Toward the Soviet Union

ByMyron Rush

chapter 6|20 pages

From Helsinki to Madrid

ByJames Ring Adams

chapter 7|15 pages

Human Rights Policy in a Nonliberal World

ByCarnes Lord

chapter 8|14 pages


Human Rights Abroad and at Home
ByJames H. Nichols