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Human Rights Before Carter

Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

Human Rights Before Carter

Sarah B. Snyder

Underlying much of the writing on United States foreign relations is the conviction that human rights were of limited consequence in policymaking during the 1960s and the early 1970s.  Sarah B. Snyder's current research, however, shows that efforts to emphasize human rights began in the 1960s, driven by nonstate and lower-level actors and facilitating the issue’s later prominence due to the development of the networks and tactics critical to greater institutionalization of human rights in these years. 

Sarah B. Snyder is an assistant professor at American University’s School of International Service.  She is the author of Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network (2011) as well as articles on the Cold War, human rights activism, and United States human rights policy in Diplomatic History, Cold War History, and Human Rights Quarterly

Monday December 8, 2014
4:00 p.m. 
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop


  • Sarah B. Snyder

    Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University