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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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Carter, Reagan, and the Human Rights Revolution

Carter, Reagan, and the Human Rights Revolution

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(p.182) Conclusion Carter, Reagan, and the Human Rights Revolution
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The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere
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William Michael Schmidli

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451966.003.0008

This concluding chapter looks at human rights during the Reagan administration. In accordance with its aggressive posture in the international arena, the Reagan administration set out to dramatically downplay the promotion of human rights as a U.S. foreign policy goal. The Reagan administration’s repudiation of Jimmy Carter’s human rights policy was particularly evident in U.S.–Argentine relations. Indeed, Reagan’s foreign policy team made clear that human rights would be conducted through “quiet diplomacy.” Two months after entering the Oval Office, the Reagan administration announced plans to convince legislators to lift the ban on military sales to Argentina, and ended the Carter administration’s policy of voting against international financial institution loans to Argentina on human rights grounds.

Keywords:   human rights, Reagan administration, U.S. foreign policy, human rights policy, U.S.–Argentine relations, Carter administration

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