US Foreign Policy on Transitional Justice

Hardcover | March 18, 2015

byAnnie R. Bird

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Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has been a key driver of transitional justice. It has provided crucial political backing, as well as technical and financial assistance for trials, truth commissions, and other measures aimed at helping societies address serious human rightsviolations. Surprisingly, however, scholars have not analyzed closely the role of the US in transitional justice. This book offers the first systematic and cross-cutting account of US foreign policy on transitional justice. It explores the development of US foreign policy on the field from World War I to the present, and provides an in-depth examination of US involvement in measures in Cambodia, Liberia, andColombia. Annie Bird supports her findings with nearly 200 interviews with key US and foreign government officials, staff of transitional justice measures, and country experts. By "opening the black box" of US foreign policy, the book shows how the diverse and evolving interests of presidential administrations, Congress, the State Department, and other agencies play a major role in shaping US involvement in transitional justice. The book argues that, despite multipleinfluences, US foreign policy on transitional justice is characterized by a distinctive approach that is symbolic, retributive, and strategic. As the book concludes, this approach has influenced the field as a whole, including the establishment, design, and implementation of transitional justicemeasures.

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Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has been a key driver of transitional justice. It has provided crucial political backing, as well as technical and financial assistance for trials, truth commissions, and other measures aimed at helping societies address serious human rightsviolations. Surprisingly, however, scholars hav...

Annie R. Bird has worked in the fields of human rights, transitional justice, and conflict prevention for over a decade. She currently serves as a policy advisor on atrocities prevention at the U.S. State Department. She previously worked for the International Center for Transitional Justice, UNICEF, Benetech, the Judicial System Moni...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.41 × 6.3 × 0.91 inPublished:March 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. The US Approach to Transitional Justice2. The Development of US Foreign Policy on Transitional Justice3. US Involvement in the Khmer Rouge Tribunal4. US Involvement in the Taylor Trial and Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission5. US Involvement in the Colombian Justice and Peace ProcessConclusionAppendix 1Appendix 2

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"This book's systematic approach to United States support (and sometimes lack thereof) of accountability for mass atrocities committed in various countries is a welcome exploration of the expanding field of transitional justice. Especially valuable are the country studies that illustrate thefinding that US policy on this matter has been symbolic, retributive and strategic. All three characteristics are positive and negative at the same time. Undoubtedly - if inconsistently - the United States has contributed to the idea that some crimes are so egregious that they cannot go unpunished."--Juan E. Mendez, President Emeritus, International Center for Transitional Justice