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Human Rights Review

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 93–107 | Cite as

Obama’s Implicit Human Rights Doctrine

  • Amitai EtzioniEmail author
Article

Abstract

During his first year in office, President Barack Obama has outlined a human rights doctrine. The essence of Obama’s position is that the foreign policy of the USA is dedicated to the promotion of the most basic human right—the right to life—above and beyond all others and that the USA will systematically refrain from actively promoting other rights, even if this merely entails sanctions or raising a moral voice. This article details and examines Obama’s position and assesses its normative standing.

Keywords

Human rights Obama Life Foreign policy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

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