255 Final Essay3 - William White Political Science 255...

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William White 5-May-10 Political Science 255 Nate Kraft The United States role in protecting human rights is a complicated one where its principles and actions do not always work together hand in hand as might be imagined. There are many restraints on the ability of a country to conduct it’s own policies when it comes to human rights and the protection there of. The UN is acknowledged as the leading international institution in this arena although the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, European Union, African Union, and others may also partake. Non-governmental organizations hence are much more free to act in the protection of human rights than many governments are. This had led to a failure on the part of the United States to protect human rights internationally. Reasons for non-intervention by the United States to protect human rights range from political feasibility to difficulties with the United Nations and Security Council when it comes to creating mandates for the use of force. Political reasons include the fickleness of the American people who support force and securing the peace but are opposed to the deaths of Americans and enforcement of the peace or nation building. (Jentleson, 453) This creates problems for American politicians when they are inclined to intervene and is only worsened through the “CNN Curve”. (Jentleson, 453) This curve allows viewers’ back home to view the actions being taken and their effects in close proximity to the events occurrence creating a shorter delay between decision and public reaction for politicians. This causes what Strobel states is an inverse relation between media influence and how well policy is established. (Jentleson, 453) This relationship helps to keep America out of humanitarian efforts when force must be involved because the domestic support for it will be low hurting the ability of the United States to protect human rights abroad.
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course POLI SCI 255 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UMass (Amherst).

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