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Restoring America’s Moral Authority: A 10-Point Plan of Action

Restoring America’s Moral Authority: A 10-Point Plan of Action

Mark Agrast discusses with the Action Fund 10 steps America should take to reclaim its place of moral leadership in the world.

As the nations of the world emerged from the devastation of the Second World War, they looked to America for moral leadership. The U.S. heeded the call, playing a pivotal role in codifying international norms for the protection of human rights—from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the 1949 Geneva Conventions—and in creating permanent institutions to uphold those norms and punish those who violate them.

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