By Alex de Waal
studying the influence of western mass tradition advocates, Advocacy in Conflict evaluates the successes and screw ups of advocacy campaigns and provides confident feedback of ongoing efforts. Alex de Waal makes use of high-profile case reports, comparable to campaigns on the topic of democracy, human trafficking, incapacity rights, and land rights to problem the assumptions and agendas that advocacy firms perpetuate.
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She observes that ‘my research shows that … a human security network exists as an empirical fact’ (2014: 5) and goes on to detail the links between issues, how those issues are framed, the ‘gatekeepers’ who ‘vet’ issues, funders, and the ‘advocacy superpowers’ that determine which issues become the focus for organized policy lobbying. This network extends into government. Here we can observe the feedback loop between the former social movement activist who has become a broker between policy-makers in government, and his or her erstwhile comrades who are still active in a social movement.
G. the neglect of ESC and the right of national political autonomy) rather than on the sociological process whereby human rights are produced, prioritized and deployed (see Freeman 2001). Theorists of how diverse political and cultural groups can agree on the concept of rights, and on the substance of many specific human rights, emphasize how consensus on such matters can – indeed must – be achieved without agreement on theory (Sunstein 1999; Taylor 1999). Rachel Ibreck’s analysis of the campaign against land grabbing (this volume) is an excellent example.
What she generously credits the Kony2012 video with achieving was already in fact determined as policy by the White House and the Pentagon. By contrast, Vali Nasr, who served in Richard Holbrooke’s team, and witnessed the marginalization of diplomatic strategy in the Obama administration, has a different perspective. He writes: In the cocoon of our public debate, Obama gets high marks on foreign policy. That is because his policies’ principal aim is not to make strategic choices but to satisfy public opinion – he has done more of the things that people want and fewer of the things that we have to do that may be unpopular.