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:

Beyond Eurocentrism and U.S. Exceptionalism

Starting Points for a Paradigm Shift

from Foreign Policy

to Global Policy


William Minter and Imani Countess*

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

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
7. Divest from Violent Policing and Endless Wars, 1, August 24, 2020
8. Divest from Violent Policing and Endless Wars, 2, August 24, 2020
9. Special Issue: Overhauling U.S. Foreign Policy, September 22, 2020
10. Building back a better Africa policy should not mean going back to old ways, November 25, 2020

Note: essays in this series may be freely reposted with attribution. Thanks to Praxis Center, the Global African Worker,, and, 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. Several of the articles in the series were also published in Responsible Statecraft

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: