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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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“Total Immersion in All the Horrors of the World”

“Total Immersion in All the Horrors of the World”

The Carter Administration and Human Rights, 1977–1978

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The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere

William Michael Schmidli

Cornell University Press

This chapter evaluates the impact of the Carter administration on human rights. Following Jimmy Carter’s inauguration, the administration set out to institutionalize human rights in the policymaking process, and as a result, the locus of human rights advocacy shifted from Capitol Hill and the nongovernmental sector to the White House and the Department of State Human Rights Office. One of the most widely recognized Carter administration appointees was Patricia Derian, the Department of State coordinator for human rights and humanitarian affairs. Upon realizing the extent of the Argentine military’s human rights violations during her 1977 visit to Argentina, Derian set out to make the country a defining test for the Carter administration’s human rights policy. Utilizing the power and leverage of her office, Derian worked to redefine the U.S. Cold War relationship with Argentina by publicly denouncing dirty war violence and consistently opposing U.S. economic and security assistance.

Keywords:   Carter administration, human rights, Patricia Derian, human rights violations, human rights policy, U.S.–Argentine relations, dirty war

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