Black perspectives on international relations

How can black perspectives help the world tackle global challenges and expand our understanding of international relations?

Members event, Panel Recording
27 October 2022 — 5:00PM TO 6:00PM
Chatham House and Online

black perspectives

As social boundaries change, the viewpoints of black academics, thought leaders and policymakers have grown in both influence and strength worldwide, challenging western and institutional norms. 

However, many institutions and organizations, long established with the exclusion of black voices, have to adapt if there is to be greater inclusion and diversity of thought when tackling major global issues.

Growing reflection on the legacy of colonialism and the importance of the power of diversity may be needed for today’s problems.

The search for global racial equality has seen a growing commitment to ensuring the black experience is at the heart of geopolitical discussions.

This panel discussion looks at what changes are occurring now and how is the conversation shifting. It also examines the challenges posed by the increasing politicization of race and culture issues in the current political environment.

Key questions discussed by the panel include:

  • What is the importance of black voices in international relations and where are the main challenges to greater incorporation?

  • What are some of the leading perspectives, approaches and beliefs within Africa and across the black diaspora regarding international relations?

  • To what extent are governments, businesses and leading global institutions making efforts to include more black voices in decision-making?

  • How are black academics changing wider geopolitical conversations and to what extent can deeper conversations lead to change?

  • Will an ‘African Century’ bring black perspectives on international relations to the fore of the geopolitical agenda?

As with all members events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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