Human Rights & the US State Department

author: John Shattuck, Central European University
published: March 25, 2011,   recorded: February 2003,   views: 2370

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Ambassador Shattuck provides insights from his experiences as Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights in the Clinton Administration. Highlights include his analysis of the global events in the post-Cold War period which he states foreshadowed the attacks of September 11th . He defines two competing forces, the forces of integration, (centered mostly in Eastern Europe with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, and the end of apartheid in South Africa) and the forces of disintegration, (fueled by those left behind in failed states living under severe repression) as the formula for the rise in global terror. He calls the Bush administration’s reaction to September 11th a “security response” and criticizes the Bush administration for not addressing the human rights concerns that are in need of attention.

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