1st Edition

Violence and the Third World in International Relations

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Violence and the Third World in International Relations is intended as a contribution to the decolonization of international relations, and especially of international security studies, much of which is dominated by a self-sustaining Eurocentrism.

    Rather than focusing on the motivations of violence, this volume is concerned with the devastating and debilitating consequences of war against the Third World. Contributors delve into the violent structuring of Third World societies during colonialism, the Cold War, and globalization. A wide range of topics are systematically examined, including, but not restricted to, the role of racism in the construction of the international system; evangelical universalism and colonial conquest in Africa; American civilizational security as Grand Strategy in Asia; the colonial roots of guerrilla war in India; the widespread suffering and death inflicted on Iraqis through sanctions; violence against indigenous peoples in Colombia related to ‘war capitalism’; the complicated legacies of genocide in Cambodia; the Saudi-led, (US and UK backed) war against Yemen; the relationalities between violence in the US and the Third World during Obama’s presidency; the structural location of gang violence in Central America in the aftermath of foreign intervention; and a broader understanding of security and insecurity in the Caribbean.

    Violence and the Third World in International Relations will be of particular interest to scholars of postcolonial and decolonial international relations, international security studies, and race and international relations.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

    1. Violence and ordering of the Third World: an introduction

    Randolph B. Persaud and Narendran Kumarakulasingam

    2. Scientific racism, race war and the global racial imaginary

    Alexander D. Barder

    3. Evangelical violence: Western Christianity and the use of force against the Third World

    Christopher Rhodes

    4. The horror of ‘horrorism’: laundering metropolitan killings

    Narendran Kumarakulasingam

    5. Killing the Third World: civilisational security as US grand strategy

    Randolph B. Persaud

    6. Manhunt Presidency: Obama, race, and the Third World

    Sankaran Krishna

    7. A ‘synchronised attack’ on life: the Saudi-led coalition’s ‘hidden and holistic’ genocide in Yemen and the shared responsibility of the US and UK

    Jeffrey S. Bachman

    8. Violence on Iraqi bodies: decolonising economic sanctions in security studies

    Mariam Georgis and Riva Gewarges

    9. Colonial legacies, armed revolts and state violence: the Maoist movement in India

    Swati Parashar

    10. Corporate power, US drug enforcement and the repression of indigenous peoples in Latin America

    Horace Bartilow

    11. The violence work of transnational gangs in Central America

    María José Méndez

    12. The coloniality of abridgment: afterlives of mass violence in Cambodia and the US

    Emily Mitamura

    13. The nexus between vulnerabilities and violence in the Caribbean

    W. Andy Knight


    Randolph B. Persaud is Associate Professor at the School of International Service at the American University, Washington D.C., USA. He has published extensively on race and IR, hegemony and counterhegemony, and the politics of immigration.

    Narendran Kumarakulasingam teaches in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and is a Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada.