To stem its diminishing dominance in the international political and economic system, the us must re-establish its leadership in international human rights. A starting point in that journey will be to streamline the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices published annually by the State Department. This article presents several avenues for such improvement, but posits that lasting improvement will come only if the us abandons the national arrogance of exceptionalism that, even in the age of Obama, still drives its human rights policy.
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One test Donnelly (2013) applies to this proposition is as follows. “If human rights objectives are pursued with ‘friends’ as well as ‘enemies’ and particular human rights policies cause problems in other areas of ongoing relations there is at least prima facie evidence that human rights really are being taken seriously in a country’s foreign policy” (p. 146).
There is no record for the report for1978. I was unable to find out any reason why there was no reports produced that year.