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Heads of state of NATO member states are seen gathering ahead of the first general meeting of the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium on July 11, 2018. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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The Twilight of Human-Rights Diplomacy

Walter Russell Mead

President Trump’s abandonment of democracy promotion and human rights is among the most striking of his departures from the post-Cold War American foreign-policy consensus. To the despair and fury of liberal internationalists and neoconservatives alike, Mr. Trump often appears determined to conduct American diplomacy as if human rights abroad were not a concern.

But the human-rights recession in U.S. foreign policy was already under way when the president took office. It isn’t hard to see why: Efforts to base America’s foreign policy on human rights and democracy hadn’t been yielding their desired results for some time.

Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal website here