Racism, Diplomacy, and International Relations
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Unoki addresses the significance of racism in international relations by focusing on its conception as a doctrine and its interrelationship with imperialism; its doctrinal role in the development of the discipline of International Relations (IR); and various episodes from Western and Asian history in which racism had affected state behavior and the practice of diplomacy.
The creation of empires that oppressed indigenous peoples, the two World Wars and the campaigns of ethnic "cleansing" and genocide that accompanied these wars and other conflicts, and international movements calling for the elimination of racial discrimination, attest the impact racial prejudice, or racism, has had on international relations. Despite this history, racism’s relevance is seldom mentioned in IR courses offered in universities or in IR textbooks. Instead, IR scholars have often explained the behavior of states using the framework of theories that highlight variables and themes such as power, fear, and the search for security in an anarchic world. Unoki demonstrates that racism has not only substantially influenced the course of international relations, but that it continues to do so in the 21st century, making it imperative that policymakers are aware of racism’s deleterious legacy.
A vital resource for students, policymakers, and those who are interested in building a more tolerant and just world.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction: Definitions of "race" and racism 2. The development of racism as a doctrine 3. Racism in international relations 4. Racism and the discipline of International Relations (IR) 5. White supremacy and the rise of Japan 6. The segregation and immigration crisis of 1905-1907 7. The 1919 Paris Peace Conference Racial Equality Proposal 8. Conclusion: Racism and international relations in the 21st century
Ko Unoki has worked in the electronics and healthcare industries for several decades and was a Senior Fellow at the 21st Century Public Policy Institute of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren). In addition to having a doctorate in business administration and a master’s degree in business law from Hitotsubashi University, he received a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and an MBA degree in international management from Royal Holloway, University of London. He completed his undergraduate studies at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. While having an extensive career in international business, he has written several books on history, business, international relations, and law including, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Global Empires (2012), International Relations and the Origins of the Pacific War (2016), and Competition Laws, National Interests and International Relations (2020).