The good news is that there is a great deal of thoughtful scholarship on the question. The bad news is that this scholarship doesn’t tell us very much.
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A review of Joe Renouard, Human Rights in American Foreign Policy: From the 1960s to the Soviet Collapse (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).
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A review of Mark Bradley's The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Samuel Moyn argues that we’ve moved toward a focus on ending war crimes and similar abuses, rather than a focus on preventing war’s outbreak in the first place.
The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Bill, named for the Syrian military photographer who defected and smuggled photographs documenting Assad’s brutal crimes, embraces and amplifies the evolving and necessary role that the US and the international community must play in curbing impunity for war crimes.