Why did the Carter administration pursue a foreign policy based on human rights? Was it successful?

Erik Ford
8 min readSep 24, 2020

The Carter administration pursued a foreign policy based on human rights because President Carter himself was a devout Christian who believed that human rights were to become an essential ingredient to world politics, and believed the United States should be a dominant player in this new arena. Arguably President Carter’s human rights focused foreign policy can be regarded as a success. Carter’s administration is accredited with normalisation of relations with mainland China, a process…

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Erik Ford

Post-graduate student at the University of Sydney, enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Primary) Program. I was previously an undergraduate at UWS enrolled in IR