The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created in 1949 by the United States, Canada, and 7 Western European nations to provide collective security against the Soviet Union. Additional members brought the membership up to 27 by 2017. Credit: http://history.com.

Beyond Eurocentrism and U.S. Exceptionalism

Starting Points for a Paradigm Shift

from Foreign Policy

to Global Policy

by

William Minter and Imani Countess*

* William Minter is the editor of AfricaFocus Bulletin. Imani Countess is an Open Society Fellow focusing on economic inequality.

The essays linked below are part of a series beginning in January 2020 and continuing through this presidential election year. Thanks to Catherine Sunshine for her editing of the essays in this series.


About this series

Our goal in this writing project to not to lay out a comprehensive vision of U.S. foreign policy or of U.S. policy toward Africa. It is rather to suggest that the time is ripe for re-visioning how we think about the U.S. role in the world. Such rethinking is essential for any fundamental changes in policy on pressing global issues, on which Africa both suffers the greatest vulnerability and has significant potential for leading global rethinking about solutions.

1. Beyond Eurocentrism and U.S. Exceptionalism, January 27, 2020
2. The Green New Deal Can and Must Be Global, January 27, 2020
3. National and Global Inequality are Intertwined, February 24, 2020
4. Special Issue: Can Coronavirus Be a Catalyst for Thinking Globally?, March 25,2020
5. Contesting Health and Workers´ Rights, May 12, 2020
6. Special Issue: Racial Pandemic and Viral Pandemic, June 8, 2020

The following essays in this series, to be published later in the year, focus on migration, violence and security, and gender inequalities. A final section considers how national history and national identity shape and define the global role of the United States.

Note: essays in this series may be freely reposted with attribution. Thanks to Praxis Center, the Global African Worker, Inequality.org, and Sharing.org, which reposted essays from the series in January and February.

The special essay first published in Organizing Upgrade on March 25 as well as in AfricaFocus Bulletin, was also updated and reposted by Foreign Policy in Focus and Praxis Center.


Nelson Mandela, Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, addresses the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall. 22/Jun/1990. UN Photo/P Sudhakaran.


Cyclone damage in Buzi, Mozambique. Cyclone Idai, 2019. Credit: Mozambique National Institute for Disaster Management.


Greta Thunberg, 16, sits next to Tokata Iron Eyes, 16, during a panel at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Photo: Courtesy of Lakota People’s Law Project. Credit: http://earther.gizmodo.com.