Responding to Rights Abuse
U.S. Foreign Policy on Transitional Justiceby Annie R. Bird
New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015
International Responses to Mass Atrocities in Africaby Kurt Mills
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015
Human Rights in American Foreign Policyby Joe Renouard
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016
Do human rights matter? How has (and how should) the international community responded to mass atrocities? Could we de-couple human rights from politics? These questions captivate the authors of the three books under review in this essay. Such questions have been asked before and scholars have attempted to answer them with varying degrees of success. Yet these three volumes differ from previous scholarship because they seek to rigorously re-examine these questions with new empirical evidence and extensive background interviews. They confront three interrelated questions: What can be done before mass atrocities and other human rights abuses occur; what...