Foreign Policy and the Black (Inter)national Interest

Edited by Charles P. Henry

Subjects: Comparative Politics
Series: SUNY series in African American Studies
Paperback : 9780791446980, 291 pages, August 2000
Hardcover : 9780791446973, 291 pages, August 2000

Table of contents


Introduction: Black Global Politics in a Post-Cold War World
Charles P. Henry

Part I. Global Issues

1. The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Changing Foreign Policy Priorities toward Africa in an Conservative Political Culture
Ronald Walters

2. Transnational Philanthropy and African American Education
Allen Caldwell

3. We Are the World: Race and the International War in Drugs
Clarence Lusane

4. The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination: Implications for Challenging Racial Hierarchy
James Jennings

5. United States Human Rights Petitions before the United Nations
Charles P. Henry and Tunua Thrash

Part II. Country and Regional Issues

6. Sanctions, Black America, and Apartheid: Vindicating the Promise of Peaceful Change
Winston P. Nagan

7. United States Foreign Policy, Democratization, and Challenges of Nation-State Rebuilding in Post-War Liberia
Keith Jennings and Celena Slade

8. The Democratization Trade in Haiti: International Influence since Duvalier
Lorenzo Morris

9. Afro-Creole Nationalism as Elite Domination: The English-Speaking West Indies
Percy C. Hintzen

Part III. Shaping a New Diplomacy

10. Defining National Security: The African American Stake in U. S. Defense and Foreign Policy Formulation
Ronald V. Dellums

11. The Personal Road to Diplomacy
Ronald D. Palmer

Names Index
Subject Index

Examines African American influence on United States foreign policy in the post-Cold War era.


With African Americans largely absent from the debate over post-Cold War foreign policy, this book gives voice to ways in which our foreign policy has fallen short of multi-cultural democratic ideals and suggests corrective measures. Covering such global issues as drug and arms control, trade, democracy-building and education, and such country specific situations as Haiti, Liberia, South Africa, and the Caribbean, from both academic and practitioners points of view, it proves that "all politics are local and global. " In doing so it asks the question, can a multicultural democratic country produce a multi-cultural democratic foreign policy?

Contributors include Allen Caldwell, Ronald Dellums, Percy Hintzen, James Jennings, Keith Jennings, Clarence Lusane, Lorenzo Morris, Winston Nagan, Ronald Palmer, Tunau Thrash, and Ronald Walters.

Charles P. Henry is Professor of African American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of several books including Ralph Bunche: Model Negro or American Other?, Culture and African American Politics, winner of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists' Book of the Year award, and Jesse Jackson: The Search for Common Ground.


"This book captures the diversity and complexity of black participation in international relations. It is significant because most scholars have neglected the roles of race and blacks in analyses of foreign policy and international affairs. " — Ollie Johnson, University of Maryland at College Park