Freedom on Fire: Human Rights Wars

TUE, DEC 9, 2003 (1:29:47)

John Shattuck, former assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor, and current CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, discusses his new book, Freedom on Fire: Human Rights Wars and America’s Response, with Pulitzer-prize winning author Samantha Power. As the chief human rights official of the Clinton administration, John Shattuck faced many challenges including genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia, murder and atrocities in Haiti, repression in China, brutal ethnic wars, and failed states in other parts of the world. Shattuck describes what was learned as he and other human rights hawks worked to change the Clinton administration’s human rights policy from one of disengagement to one focused on saving lives and bringing war criminals to justice. Freedom on Fire: Human Rights Wars and America’s Response records Shattuck’s frustrations and disappointments, as well as the successes achieved in moving human rights to the center of US foreign policy.

+ BIO: Samantha Power

Samantha Power is an Irish-American academic, author and diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017. Power began her career by covering the Yugoslav Wars as a journalist. From 1998 to 2002, she served as the Founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she later became the first Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy. She was a senior adviser to Senator Barack Obama until March 2008, when she resigned from his presidential campaign after apologizing for referring to then-Senator Hillary Clinton as “a monster.”

+ BIO: John Shattuck

John Shattuck assumed his current position of Chief Executive Officer of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston, Mass. in 2001. In 1993, he became the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. In this position, Mr. Shattuck received an International Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association of Boston in 1998. Also in 1998, Mr. Shattuck was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. In 2000, he received the Ambassador’s Award from the American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative. Before entering government service, Mr. Shattuck lectured on civil liberties at Harvard University Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Shattuck’s public service career began at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he was Executive Director of the ACLU Washington office and national staff counsel from 1971 to 1984. Mr. Shattuck is a 1970 graduate of Yale Law School. He received his BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 1965, and an MA with First Class Honors in law from Cambridge University in 1967.

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