Freedom on Fire

Freedom on Fire

Human Rights Wars and America's Response

eBook - 2005
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Harvard University Press

As the chief human rights official of the Clinton Administration, John Shattuck faced far-flung challenges. Disasters were exploding simultaneously--genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia, murder and atrocities in Haiti, repression in China, brutal ethnic wars, and failed states in other parts of the world. But America was mired in conflicting priorities and was reluctant to act. What were Shattuck and his allies to do?

This is the story of their struggle inside the U.S. government over how to respond. Shattuck tells what was tried and what was learned as he and other human rights hawks worked to change the Clinton Administration's human rights policy from disengagement to saving lives and bringing war criminals to justice. He records his frustrations and disappointments, as well as the successes achieved in moving human rights to the center of U.S. foreign policy.

Shattuck was at the heart of the action. He was the first official to interview the survivors of Srebrenica. He confronted Milosevic in Belgrade. He was a key player in bringing the leaders of genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda to justice. He pushed from the inside for an American response to the crisis of the Haitian boat people. He pressed for the release of political prisoners in China. His book is both an insider's account and a detailed prescription for preventing such wars in the future.

Shattuck criticizes the Bush Administration's approach, which he says undermines human rights at home and around the world. He argues that human rights wars are breeding grounds for terrorism. Freedom on Fire describes the shifting challenges of global leadership in a world of explosive hatreds and deepening inequalities.


As the chief human rights official of the Clinton Administration, John Shattuck faced far-flung challenges. This is the story of what was learned as he and other human rights hawks worked to change the Clinton Administration's human rights policy from disengagement to saving lives and bringing war criminals to justice. Shattuck criticizes the Bush Administration's approach, which he says undermines human rights at home and around the world and argues that human rights wars are breeding grounds for terrorism.

Baker & Taylor
A rarely candid look at the world's grim human rights situation by the first person to interview survivors of the massacre at Srebrenica paints an honest portrait of the major perpetrators and the largely unsuccessful policies by major powers. (Current Affairs)

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2005
Edition: 1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780674043480
0674043480
Characteristics: 1 online resource (390 pages)

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