Human Rights and the Failings of U.S. Public Diplomacy in Eurasia

The degree to which the United States holds countries in Eurasia publicly accountable for respecting human rights and democracy depends on each country’s strategic importance to the United States, not the human rights conditions in the country. This inconsistent approach makes citizens of those countries cynical about the United States and limits the effectiveness of the United States government when it takes steps to demand accountability. The US government’s approach gives allies little incentive to improve their human rights practices while leaving their citizens to conclude they cannot rely upon the United States to actively take a stand in their defense.

Please join the Open Society Foundations’ Washington Office for a discussion with Amy McDonough, who will speak about her recently released policy brief, “Human Rights and the Failings of U.S. Public Diplomacy in Eurasia.” Jonathan Henick, Director of the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy in the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, and James Bigus, Director of the Office of South Central Asia in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will participate on a panel moderated by Jeff Goldstein, Open Society’s senior policy analyst for Eurasia.

Date: April 03, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Speakers: 
Jim Bigus, Jeff Goldstein, Jonathan Henick, and Amy McDonough