Competing utopias: the relationship between human rights and peace in the policy of the Ford Foundation (1975-2000)

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My research focuses on the tension between the concepts of peace and human rights. At first sight, the concepts of human rights and peace seem to be indissolubly linked: without peace, human rights are violated; without human rights compliance, peace is impossible. Indeed, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) opens with the recognition that "inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." Unsurprisingly, the Nobel Peace Prize has often been awarded to human rights activists and organizations.