2019 Research in the Capitol

Title

Can Human Rights be Ignored for a Price? An Analysis of Lobbying Power and U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Human Rights

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Keywords

Lobbying--United States; Human rights; United States--Foreign relations;

Abstract

This thesis analyzes the incredible growth that lobbying industry in the United States has experienced in the past forty years. In particular, the thesis explorers how foreign states have utilized this industry to influence U.S. governmental policy towards their own governments, despite evidence of massive human rights violations. This thesis, through several case studies, makes the argument that the U.S. federal government should impose tighter regulations on lobbying in the U.S. by these human rights abusing states. The case studies include UNITA fighters in Angola throughout the 1980's, the delinking of human rights and trade between the U.S. and China in the 1990's, and Saudi Arabia's U.S. backed involvement in Yemen currently. These case studies demonstrate how lobbying has enabled these foreign actors to continue their human rights abuses, despite criticisms in the U.S.

Start Date

1-4-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

1-4-2019 2:30 AM

Event Host

University Honors Programs, Iowa Regent Universities

Faculty Advisor

Ken Basom

Department

Department of History

File Format

application/pdf

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Can Human Rights be Ignored for a Price? An Analysis of Lobbying Power and U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Human Rights

This thesis analyzes the incredible growth that lobbying industry in the United States has experienced in the past forty years. In particular, the thesis explorers how foreign states have utilized this industry to influence U.S. governmental policy towards their own governments, despite evidence of massive human rights violations. This thesis, through several case studies, makes the argument that the U.S. federal government should impose tighter regulations on lobbying in the U.S. by these human rights abusing states. The case studies include UNITA fighters in Angola throughout the 1980's, the delinking of human rights and trade between the U.S. and China in the 1990's, and Saudi Arabia's U.S. backed involvement in Yemen currently. These case studies demonstrate how lobbying has enabled these foreign actors to continue their human rights abuses, despite criticisms in the U.S.