Author(s): Julie Mertus
From the very beginning, US human rights foreign policy has been oriented toward domestic national interests, but Bait and Switch? concludes that there's something remarkably new and threatening about the American-centrism and exceptionalism in US human rights policy and practices today.
Although our era is marked by human rights rhetoric, human wrongs continue to be committed with impunity, and the idea of human rights is becoming impoverished. Mertus finds no evidence beyond the rhetoric that human rights are 'embedded' in foreign policy decisions.