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From Pariah to Priority
How LGBTI Rights Became a Pillar of American and Swedish Foreign Policy
From Pariah to Priority
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Elise Carlson Rainer - Author
SUNY series in Queer Politics and Cultures
SUNY series, Studies in Human Rights
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 384 pages
Release Date: October 2021
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8579-9



Incorporates a unique diplomatic, insider perspective to explain the unexpected incorporation of LGBTI rights into American and Swedish foreign policies.

From Pariah to Priority gives a unique, insider perspective that explains the unexpected incorporation of LGBTI rights into American and Swedish foreign policies. From original data, case study analysis, and interviews with high-level officials within the State Department and across US foreign policy institutions, former diplomat Elise Carlson Rainer explores how normative values influence foreign affairs and provides insights from leaders responsible for shaping emerging LGBTI global policies. The research findings highlight the advocacy process of reforming American and Swedish foreign policy priorities to include LGBTI rights, with particular attention on Sweden as the first country to implement a feminist foreign policy and commence formal LGBTI diplomacy. Through this lens, Rainer contextualizes the diplomatic precedent of revamping foreign assistance to Uganda when lawmakers proposed a death penalty law for homosexuality. Scrutinizing effective tactics for advocacy to influence foreign policy, From Pariah to Priority explores not only current debates in the area of gender and sexuality in foreign affairs, but also offers pragmatic policy recommendations for civil society organizations, foreign policy leaders, and human rights practitioners.

Elise Carlson Rainer is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Washington.

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