Biden Has a Long Way to Go to Restore America’s Human Rights Reputation

President-elect Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Delaware, Dec. 22, 2020. (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).
President-elect Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Delaware, Dec. 22, 2020. (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).
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As the world watches the chaotic countdown to a new president in Washington, one anticipated policy shift after Joe Biden’s inauguration is causing anxiety in some quarters and optimism in others: the return of human rights to the global agenda. Donald Trump’s open disdain for human rights was one of the earliest signs that his presidency would look like no other in the White House. Defending human rights around the world has always required a complicated balancing act, often—though not always—with a tradeoff between American interests and values. Under Trump, values consistently took a back seat. The only time he […]

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