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William Michael Schmidli

William Michel Schmidli-2History Lecturer, Leiden University

William Michael Schmidli is a University Lecturer at the Institute for History at Leiden University. A U.S. foreign relations historian, Schmidli’s research focuses on the evolving significance of human rights, democracy promotion, and transnational advocacy networks from the Cold War to the present. He is the author of The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights and U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina (Cornell, 2013), the co-editor of The Reagan Administration, the Cold War, and the Transition to Democracy Promotion (Palgrave Macmillan 2019), as well as articles in Diplomatic History, Cold War History, and Diplomacy and Statecraft. His current book-in-progress is a study of human rights and democracy promotion in U.S. foreign relations during the 1980s.