Human Rights in the National Security Policies of the New Obama Administration

Human Rights National Security Obama

Via the NYU School of Law:

Many human rights and civil liberties advocates hoped that the 2008 election of President Barack Obama in 2008 would herald a sea change in national security and foreign policies by strengthening respect for fundamental rights at home and abroad. Four years later, advocates now debate whether the first Obama Administration created a new bipartisan consensus on national security issues, and the extent of policy difference between the Obama and Bush Presidencies. There has been no high-level accountability for torture, Guantanamo remains open, and secretive “targeted” killings by drones and other means have expanded. Moreover, human rights were barely mentioned in the Romney-Obama Presidential debates.

What role will—and should—human rights play in the new Administration’s foreign policy? What will it take to improve respect for human rights while countering threats to security? What is the place of human rights—and concern for their violations abroad—in the American public consciousness?


  • Chris Hayes, MSNBC (moderator)
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Elisa Massimino, President and CEO, Human Rights First
  • Vincent Warren, Executive Director, the Center for Constitutional Rights

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