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 Shattuck

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Diplomacy and the Shaping of a Human Rights Agenda: Conversation with John Shattuck, Asst Sec'y of State for Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor; by Harry Kreisler, 4/30/97

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a "Conversation with History." I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is John Shattuck, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. In earlier phases of his career Mr. Shattuck served as Vice President of Harvard University, as Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and as Vice-Chair of Amnesty International, USA.

  1. Background ... influence of civil rights movement, anti-war movement, and father ... deposition of Nixon ... Watergate
  2. Defining Human Rights ... the debate over entitlements ... new human rights violations, new institutions, and globalization ... post - Cold War developments
  3. The Debate in Washington ... "realists" ... "economic visionaries" ... "globalists"
  4. The Evolving Nature of Human Rights Work ... inside vs. outside the government ... finding new ways to support democracy ... sovereignty and human rights
  5. Building-Blocks of Human Rights Policy ... early warnings, intervention, and justice ... from advocacy and publicity to intervention
  6. Implementing Justice ... arresting war criminals ... truth commissions ... human rights aid
  7. Conclusion ... frustration of human rights work ... democracy and support for human rights policy ... moral foreign policy ... preparing for a career in human rights

See also: John Shattuck's Internet chat with high school students and the State Department's biography.

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