Conversations with History: Institute
of International Studies, UC Berkeley
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 Professor Harold Hongju Koh, who
is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at
Yale. He has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights,
and Labor in the State Department from 1998 to 2001. His
publications include Deliberative Democracy and Human Rights, with Ronald
C. Slye, and The National Security Constitution: Sharing Power after the
- Background ... influence of parents
... bicultural ... education ... mentors
- Government Service ... first jobs ...
suing, then working for, the Clinton administration ... dictatorship vs. democracy
... theory versus practice ... bridging the gap ... focus on how law affects
- International Law and U.S. Foreign Policy
- internalizing norms ... norm-based internationalism ... choices after
9/11 ... goals as assistant secretary ... four principles ... briefing Colin
Powell ... failure of Clinton administration in Rwanda ... taking a principled
- Foreign Policy Since 9/11 ... radical
discontinuity ... shift to freedom from fear ... the "exoskeleton"
of the rule of law ... lessons from Iran - Contra affair ... changing tide
... power-sharing model for foreign policy ... relevance of soft power for
rebuilding Iraq ... foreign policy response: Bosnia vs. Iraq ... failure of
the Congress on Iraq
- U.S. Policy Toward North Korea ...
framework of agreement with Kim Jong-Il ... effects of "axis of evil"
accusation ... lost opportunity for Korean reunification
- Conclusion ... academic in government
... pragmatic idealism ... transnational process like medicine ... bringing
down the walls of injustice
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