Aida Hozic
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Political Science

Scholars of international politics have long neglected the role of race and racism in world affairs, even though the origins of international relations as an academic discipline rest in the early years of the 20th century, when questions of imperialism and governance over different races necessitated the development of new ways of thinking about inter-state and inter-racial relations. Over the past decade, however, prompted by insights from the post-colonial theory but also by continued Western military engagements in the Middle East and Africa, new scholarly publications have sought to bring back the analysis of “the color line” into our conversations about global politics. The topics that these works have highlighted include – among others – the role of African-Americans in the development of international relations and the U.S. foreign policy, the impact of scientific racism on Western understanding of itself and its political projects in the world, the rise of Afro-Asian solidarity and the non-aligned movement during the Cold War, and different articulations of non-Western subjectivities and their prospects for having “a voice” in world affairs.