US foreign policy has a recurring problem when national leaders are elected but are increasingly autocratic in their actions while maintaining strong support from their electorate. Does the United States accept dictatorial actions and human rights violations because leaders are democratically elected? When do we decide they're not democrats? Do autocratic behavior and human rights violations trump our other interests? Even if they do, how do we meld our dealings and interests into effective policies? The panel will examine the related issues from several angles.
Lorne Craner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the George W. Bush administration, a Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council in the George H.W. Bush administration, and a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs under Secretary James Baker, will deliver a keynote address.