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Adversarial Diplomacy: Randall Robinson, the Organization TransAfrica and the rise of the African American Foreign Policy Lobby

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This investigation chronicles the history of the African American foreign policy
lobby, TransAfrica. It focuses on the twenty-five years between its founding in
1977 and the departure of its first president Randall Robinson in 2001. As a
project situated in African American and African Diaspora Studies, this
investigation connects African American involvement in U.S. foreign policy with
prevailing concepts in African American and African Diaspora Politics; specifically
Pan Africanism, the idea of an African diaspora, and the notion of a linked fate
among Africans, African Americans, and other African descendants. Fundamental to
this study is its introduction of the concept of “adversarial diplomacy” to
characterize the work of the individuals and groups attempting to redefine diplomacy
during times when opportunities to influence U.S. foreign policy and participate in
official diplomatic efforts were limited for reasons that include the tenuous state
of race relations and differences in political philosophy between the groups
involved and the state itself. Devoting special attention to the important
roles that African American women have played in TransAfrica and its broader
efforts, this study also interrogates the gender politics of this high-profile
African American political organization and its leadership as a point from which to
begin an exploration of the limitations and opportunities for the participation of
African American women in U.S. foreign policy discourses, advocacy, and
development.
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Williams, Ronald. "Adversarial Diplomacy: Randall Robinson, the Organization TransAfrica and the rise of the African American Foreign Policy Lobby" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436152_index.html>

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Williams, R. "Adversarial Diplomacy: Randall Robinson, the Organization TransAfrica and the rise of the African American Foreign Policy Lobby" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436152_index.html

Publication Type: Invited Paper
Abstract: This investigation chronicles the history of the African American foreign policy
lobby, TransAfrica. It focuses on the twenty-five years between its founding in
1977 and the departure of its first president Randall Robinson in 2001. As a
project situated in African American and African Diaspora Studies, this
investigation connects African American involvement in U.S. foreign policy with
prevailing concepts in African American and African Diaspora Politics; specifically
Pan Africanism, the idea of an African diaspora, and the notion of a linked fate
among Africans, African Americans, and other African descendants. Fundamental to
this study is its introduction of the concept of “adversarial diplomacy” to
characterize the work of the individuals and groups attempting to redefine diplomacy
during times when opportunities to influence U.S. foreign policy and participate in
official diplomatic efforts were limited for reasons that include the tenuous state
of race relations and differences in political philosophy between the groups
involved and the state itself. Devoting special attention to the important
roles that African American women have played in TransAfrica and its broader
efforts, this study also interrogates the gender politics of this high-profile
African American political organization and its leadership as a point from which to
begin an exploration of the limitations and opportunities for the participation of
African American women in U.S. foreign policy discourses, advocacy, and
development.


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