How to Revive America’s Human Rights Agenda Around the World

U.S. President Barack Obama delivering a speech at the University of Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 19, 2012 (AP photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe).
U.S. President Barack Obama delivering a speech at the University of Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 19, 2012 (AP photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe).

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series inviting authors to identify the biggest priority—whether a threat, risk, opportunity or challenge—facing the international order and U.S. foreign policy today. America’s traditional role in promoting democracy and human rights abroad has fallen out of favor in a serious way. It has rarely registered a mention during this year’s presidential campaign, and Republican candidate Donald Trump has suggested that the United States lacks the standing to criticize human rights lapses abroad, given social turmoil at home. For all its various legacies, the Obama administration will leave little mark on […]

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