Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice Foreign Policy, Race, and the New American Century

ISBN-10: 0275983099

ISBN-13: 9780275983093

Edition: 2006

Authors: Clarence Lusane, Kwame Dixon

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Lusane has created a groundbreaking analysis of the intersection of racial politics and American foreign policy. This insightful work critically examines the roles played by former Secretary of State Colin Powell and current Secretary of State (and former National Security Advisor) Condoleezza Rice in the construction of U.S. foreign policy, exploring the ways in which their racial identity challenges conventional notions about the role of race in international relations. Neither Powell nor Rice consciously allowed their racial identity to substantially influence or characterize their participation in the defense and projection of U.S. hegemony, Lusane argues, but both used their racial identity and experiences strategically in key circumstances to defend Bush administration policies. This is but one sense in which their race, despite their reluctance to be seen as racial figures, is significant in relation to U.S. foreign policy. Locating Powell and Rice within the genealogy of the current national security strategy, and within broader shifts under George W. Bush, this work argues that their racial location in the context of the construction of U.S. foreign policy is symbolic, and that it serves to distract from the substantive part they play in the ongoing reconfiguration of U.S. global power. Criticism of Powell's and Rice's policies, for example, is often blunted by race. Black liberals may be reluctant to condemn them, while white liberals may be afraid criticism could be interpreted as racial bias, especially since conservatives of both races argue that such criticism is probably racist. Lusane tackles these difficult issues along with others, asking whether there is a black consensus on foreign policy and, if so, what its dimensions, driving forces, and prospects for stability are. How can a progressive alternative to the current U.S. foreign policy be realized? Are Powell and Rice merely functionaries, or did they substantially determine the direction of U.S. foreign policy? What will their legacies be?
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List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 5/30/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Dr. Clarence Lusane is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of International Service at American University where he teaches and researches on international human rights, comparative race relations, social movements and electoral politics.He is also an author, activist, scholar, lecturer, and journalist. For more than 30 years, he has written about and been active in national and international anti-racism politics, globalization, U.S. foreign policy, human rights and social issues such as education and drug policy. He has spent two years living in London conducting research on racism and human rights in Europe, and working with European institutions and NGOs.His previous books include Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice: Foreign Policy, Race, and the New American Century; Hitler's Black Victims: The Experiences of Afro-Germans, Africans, Afro-Europeans and African Americans During the Nazi Era; Race in the Global Era: African Americans at the Millennium; No Easy Victories: A History of Black Elected Officials; African Americans at the Crossroads: The Restructuring of Black Leadership and the 1992 Elections; The Struggle for Equal Education; and Pipe Dream Blues: Racism and the War on Drugs.Dr. Lusane is the former editor of the journal Black Political Agenda, and has edited newsletters for a number of national non-profit organizations. He is a national columnist for the Black Voices syndicated news network, and his writings have appeared in The Black Scholar, Race and Class, Washington Post, Oakland Tribune, Covert Action Information Bulletin, Z Magazine, Radical History Journal and many other publications. For nearly 20 years, he has won research and writing awards. His essay "Rhapsodic Aspirations: Rap, Race, and Power Politics," won the 1993 Larry Neal Writers' Competition Grand Prize for Art Criticism. In 1983, his article, "Israeli Arms to Central America," won the prestigious Project Censored Investigative Reporting Award as the most censored story of the year.He is the former Chairman of the Board of the National Alliance of Third World Journalists. And as a journalist, he has traveled to numerous countries to investigate the political and social circumstances or crises those nations faced including Haiti during its turbulent 1980s' elections; Panama in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion; East Germany during the last months of its existence; and Zimbabwe as a delegate to the Congress of the International Organization of Journalists. Other nations that he has visited and reported on include Cuba, Egypt, Mexico, Jamaica, the Netherlands, North Korea, Italy, and South Africa.Dr. Lusane has been a political and technical consultant to the World Council of Churches, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and a number of elected officials and non-profit organizations. He worked for eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives as a staff aide to former D.C. Congressman Walter E. Fauntroy, and then for the former Democratic Study Group that served as the primary source of legislative information and analysis for House Democrats. He has taught and worked at Howard University's Center for Drug Abuse Research, and the Center for Urban Policy; Medgar Evers College's Du Bois Bunche Center for Public Policy, and Columbia University's Institute for Research in African American Studies. Dr. Lusane received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University in 1997.In 2001-2002, he received the prestigious British Council Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy where he investigated the impact of regional anti-racism legislation on the anti-racist movement in the UK. Following from 2002-2003, he served as Assistant Director of the 1990 Trust, one of the UK's largest and most important anti-racist, human rights non-governmental organizations.He has lectured and presented scholarly papers at a wide range of colleges and universities including Harvard, Georgetown, George Washington, North Carolina A&T, Un

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A Commonality of Circumstances: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Policy
This Is Not Your Father's Republican Party: Powell, Rice, and the GOP
Turkeys in the Straw: Race and Representation in the Era of George W. Bush What Color Is Hegemony?
The U.S. New Security Paradigm The Clash: Iraq in the Crosshairs of Hegemony
Counter-Hegemony in the Global South: Africa Challenges the Powell, Rice, Bush Doctrine
Counter-Hegemony in the Global South: The Americans Say "No Pasaran" to the Bush
Doctrine Washed Up: The Legacies of Powell and Rice (and Bush)
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