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Are international relations racist? Events in recent months in the United States and around the world have highlighted the urgency of the question of racism. As attitudes may be evolving and measures adopted to remedy the problem societally, there remains, however, the question of a deeper, historically-resilient racism characterising international relations themselves. If, arguably, racism has persisted globally, it is because it follows from and is fueled by a discriminatory conceptualisation of international affairs still largely present in academia, systemic in international organisations and behaviorally dominant across societies.
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou is Professor of International History and Chair of the International History Department at the Graduate Institute. Previously the Associate Director of the Programme on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University, he teaches as well at Sciences Po Paris and at the University of St. Gallen. He is the author, notably, of a trilogy on the post-11 September era.