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Global Good Samaritans: Human Rights as Foreign Policy

Alison Brysk


In a troubled world where millions die at the hands of their own governments and societies, some states risk their citizens' lives, considerable portions of their national budgets, and repercussions from opposing states to protect helpless foreigners. Dozens of Canadian peacekeepers have died in Afghanistan defending humanitarian reconstruction in a shattered faraway land with no ties to their own. Each year, Sweden contributes over $3 billion to aid the world's poorest citizens and struggling democracies, asking nothing in return. Costa Rica defied U.S. power to broker a peace accord that end ... More

Keywords: refugees, sheltered, human rights, humanitarian internationalism, democratic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195381573
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381573.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Brysk, author
University of California, Irvine