Contesting Human Rights
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Contesting Human Rights

Norms, Institutions and Practice

Edited by Alison Brysk and Michael Stohl

Illustrated with case studies from across the globe, Contesting Human Rights provides an innovative approach to human rights, and examines the barriers and changing pathways to the full realisation of these rights. Presenting a thorough proposal for the reframing of human rights, the volume suggests that new opportunities at, and below, the state level, and creative pathways of global governance can help reconstruct human rights in the face of modern challenges.
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Chapter 11: Emerging contradictions in US human rights policy: the Trump agenda

Clair Apodaca


Donald Trump's rhetoric and actions have foreshadowed an administration that has little respect for human rights. Under the guise of “America First,” Trump wants to reduce America’s long-standing commitment to humanitarianism, poverty reduction, democracy, women’s health, and human rights. The contradictions between the current aid request and the United States historic, albeit often inconsistent and disputed, position in human rights promotion can have global repercussions. An “America First” (and only) strategy can have long-term consequences for human rights, poverty alleviation, and economic development, even after Trump is out of office. The Trump foreign aid budget is an important case because it illustrates what could happen if the United States, the largest donor, turns its focus inward. This chapter will assess structural trends and policy shifts as emerging contradictions in U.S human rights policy and poverty alleviation relevant to foreign aid.

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