Press Rhetoric and Human Rights in the Carter Era: 1977-81
Jimmy Carter and his administration greatly varied the ways in which they addressed human rights concerns internationally. There was a strong, often emotional evocation of human rights in reference to countries that are less economically, strategically, or politically important to the United States and the foreign policy goals of the Carter administration. This evocation was not present in Carter’s approach to addressing human rights concerns in important allies, such as South Korea, or with countries where relations were fragile and important, such as China and the USSR. This ambivalence in addressing human rights in strategically important nations was compounded by Carter’s disavowal of linkage policies. Ultimately, it was this ambivalence that made the moral foreign policy of the Carter administration a failure. While there were international situations out of his control, his continued leniency and unbalanced application of linkage and focus on adherence to human right practices internationally, lessened the administration’s ability to respond to international tragedy in a beneficial way.
Jennine Hurl-Eamon (Chair); David Sheinin (Supervisor); Andrew Kirkendall, Texas A&M University (External Examiner); Robert Wright and Antonio Cazorla-Sanchez(Committee Members)
Open to the public but seating is limited
Posted on December 14, 2017