Stefano Chessa Altieri


Ciclo: XXXVI

Project title: Rethinking Beijing. What role for U.S. sponsored Human Rights after Tiananmen?

Supervisor(s): Prof. Antonella Salomoni (cotutelle at Sciences Po Paris supervised by Prof. Mario Del Pero)

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  • 2019-20 MSc History of International Relations, London School of Economics (London, UK)

    2013-15 Master’s Double Degree Europe and Asia in Global Affairs:

    – Master in European Affairs, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Paris, France)

    – LL.M. in International Politics, Fudan University (Shanghai, China)

    2010-13 BSc International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs, Università di Bologna (Forlì, Italy)

    The historiography on human rights has boomed and radically evolved in the past two decades. This research aims at contributing to this field by looking at the role that human rights have played in the making of U.S. foreign policy towards China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen crackdown. Perceived both as an obstacle to economic integration and as a moral imperative in the post-Cold War new global order, human rights ended up complicating not only Sino-American relations, but also the dynamics between the administration, the Congress, and ever more influential stakeholders such as nongovernmental organizations, conservative anti-communist hawks, and any sort of lobbyist groups opposing tighter ties with Beijing.