Impotent Superpower-Potent Small State: Potentials and Limitations of Human Rights Objectives in the Foreign Policies of the United States and Norwa

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Norwegian University Press, 1988 - Political Science - 232 pages
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Contending that smaller nations such as Norway and the Netherlands are more able than larger ones to make progress in bilateral or multilateral negotiations on human rights, this book provides a timely, comprehensive, and provocative survey of international human rights action. Egeland compares the human rights policies of the United States and Norway, and looks back on the past two American administrations to show the difficulties that superpower status creates in developing sound human rights policy.

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Jan Egeland is Director General of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. He was the UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and its emergency relief coordinator from August 2003 to December 2006. From 1999 to 2002, he was the UN secretary-general's special envoy for war-torn Colombia. As state secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs he was initiator of the Norwegian channel between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization that led to the Oslo Accord in 1993. Egeland lives in Oslo, Norway, and is frequently in the United States.

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