Diversity and U.S. Foreign Policy: A Reader

Diversity and U.S. Foreign Policy: A Reader

Diversity and U.S. Foreign Policy: A Reader

Diversity and U.S. Foreign Policy: A Reader


As the public face of America has changed, so has its foreign policy. Diversity and US Foreign Policy: A Reader goes beyond the traditional texts - that focus on foreign policy only as a contest between super-powers - to grapple with multiculturalism in America and multi-polarism in the international state. This volume brings together the best and most recent work on the domestic causes of American foreign policy. The articles meet at the intersection of two critical phenomena: the expansion of politically relevant diversity within the US population and the simultaneous expansion of political and economic power of diverse nations globally. Essays examine multiculturalism and foreign policy in general, along with European, Latino, Asian, Jewish, African and Arab-Americans and their relationship to US foreign policy making.


This book is designed for readers interested in the multiple intersections of multiculturalism and foreign affairs. It can be read with value by students of international relations who wish to understand how the design and conduct of U.S. foreign policy is being shaped by ethnicity. It also can benefit those whose main interest is multiculturalism, and who wish to see how these forces play themselves out in the international arena.

The selection of materials for this volume reflects the editor's belief that the dividing line between the foreign and domestic has thinned over recent decades, and what was once “foreign” has become much more “domestic, ” and vice versa. It also reflects the reality that the United States is now experiencing one of the greatest influx of immigrants in its history, paralleling the great waves of new Americans that came to our shores at the turn of the last century. These newer immigrants, however, come from different countries with different cultures, and of course the global context of these two massive shifts is very different. the intersection of these elements-globalization, multiculturalism, and foreign affairs-is the subject of this volume.

The opening essay in this book, “Framing the Discussion of Diversity, Globalization, and U.S. International Affairs, ” grapples with the leading themes that emerge from this edited volume, and defines the meaning of the key terms-globalization, multiculturalism, and foreign affairs. It identifies the drivers of change that propel these phenomena toward their multiple intersections. the essay then analyzes several unique aspects of minority groups' views of foreign affairs-suggesting that these elements may create stronger U.S. international relations with the world. the essay also points to the current debate over the implications of domestic diversity and the conduct of U.S. international affairs.

I call the framework that unites these elements “Double Diversity, ” and the readings were selected to reflect this framework. the final reading analyzes this concept. Double Diversity begins with the notion that a great challenge and opportunity for America is integrating growing domestic diversity with increasing international diversity. in both, the position of people of color has become critically important. Internationally, few meetings of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank, or the United Nations occur without representation of countries once absent from these deliberations, for example, China, India, and Brazil. These three alone today represent more than a third of the world's population. By some accounts, China is the second largest economy in the world after the United States, and Brazil is easily the eighth largest. At home, America is becoming more

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