Source: (2002) Saint Louis University Law Journal. 46: 431.
According to David Sloss, the history of foreign policy by the United States can be characterized as a pendulum swinging between the extremes of moralistic idealism and amoral Ã¢Â€Âœrealpolitik.Ã¢Â€? In this context, Sloss characterizes Harold KohÃ¢Â€Â™s prescription for a twenty-first century human rights policy as Ã¢Â€Âœhard-nosed idealism.Ã¢Â€? KohÃ¢Â€Â™s perspective roots in four guiding principles: (1) telling the truth; (2) justice; (3) inside-outside engagement; and (4) preventing future human rights abuses. Sloss contends that KohÃ¢Â€Â™s four principles have a common theme. That theme is the attempt to craft a middle way between moralistic idealism and amoral realpolitik. In general, Sloss endorses KohÃ¢Â€Â™s hard-nosed idealism. At the same time Sloss highlights areas in which KohÃ¢Â€Â™s application of his four principles to specific cases is problematic.
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