In This Review

Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy
Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy
Edited by Barry M. Rubin and Elizabeth P. Spiro
Westview Press, 1979, 283 pp
Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy: Principles and Applications
Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy: Principles and Applications
Edited by Peter G. Brown and Douglas MacLean
Lexington Books, 1979, 310 pp
Human Rights and American Foreign Policy
Human Rights and American Foreign Policy
Edited by Donald P. Kommers and Gilburt D. Loescher
University of Notre Dame Press, 1979, 345 pp

If President Carter wished to see more American interest in the question of human rights throughout the world, he is getting his wish, at least from the lawyers and professors-but someone should think up some new titles for the books. These three volumes, each with many authors, cover so many aspects that it is difficult to generalize except to say that they reflect all the dilemmas the government faces in trying to fit concern for human rights together with the other aims of foreign policy. All three are, for the most part, positive in the sense of wishing to see American support for human rights made more effective and offering concrete suggestions to that end. The Notre Dame symposium is a cut above the others in its organization and the weight of the contributions; it is the only one to say much about the U.S.S.R. The volume edited by Rubin and Spiro is made up almost entirely of pieces originally published elsewhere.