What is it about?

Understanding and analysis of how race has shaped assumptions in international relations and the practice of international politics is critical for analyzing morality in the discipline over the past 100 years. I argue that critically examining how international relations and international practice are racialized is essential for grappling with ongoing moral gaps and contradictions in the future.

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Why is it important?

There has been an increasing amount of scholarship on race in the discipline of international relations. My contribution accounts for this scholarship while also positioning race as a central moral as well as theoretical and policy problem, reviewing central points in theory and practice over the past 100 years.


Writing this article is part of my ongoing awareness of the violence of racialized international politics and theory, and stems from my questioning of gaps in my own past work as well as gaps and problematic assumptions of others.

Cecelia Lynch
University of California, Irvine

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This page is a summary of: The moral aporia of race in international relations, International Relations, April 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0047117819842275.
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