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The Fate of Freedom ElsewhereHuman Rights and U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina$
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William Michael Schmidli

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451966

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451966.001.0001

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Human Rights and the Cold War

Human Rights and the Cold War

(p.1) Introduction Human Rights and the Cold War
The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere

William Michael Schmidli

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter begins by evaluating the effect of Jimmy Carter’s successful 1976 presidential bid on human rights during the Cold War. For human rights advocates, Carter’s victory represented an extraordinary opportunity to integrate human rights into U.S. foreign policy. Carter’s outspoken emphasis on human rights during his presidential campaign reflected his religious beliefs and moralism, but was also a recognition of popular support for human rights in the post-Vietnam and post-Watergate era. Situating Carter’s policy toward Argentina within the broader struggle between cold warriors and human rights advocates, this book assesses the degree to which the Carter administration’s initial emphasis on human rights constituted a turning point in the evolution of the movement as a whole.

Keywords:   Jimmy Carter, human rights, Cold War, U.S. foreign policy, Argentina, Carter administration

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