Wakanda, Afrofuturism, and Decolonizing International Relations Scholarship

Decolonizing IR scholarship goes beyond simply including more people of color in our syllabi. In addition to questioning the dominance of western epistemology and methodology, previous intellectual anti-colonial movements have emphasized the need to fight the pervasive erasure of political actors of color and their contributions. It does not involve merely mentioning them in passing. In IR, it also demands that we re-examine their relationships with contemporary political and security architectures and the latter not be taken for granted. Critical security theory begins to question the production of conventional knowledge in the discipline by interrogating the social, historical and political roots of that knowledge. But this practice needs to permeate the entire field.” Click here for the rest of this story on Political Violence @ A Glance


In August 2017, I had the opportunity and the privilege to be part of the Carter Center elections observation team to the general elections in Kenya. For the past few years, I have analyzed and commented on electoral processes in various countries. In the past, I have expressed reservations about electoral monitoring (see here) given my reservations about whether they can truly assess the quality of political processes. I hoped that my experience as an observer in Kenya would give me some insight about how the monitoring industry worked and how it at times struggled to take into account the political realities on the gr0und. I will soon share my thoughts about the recent elections in Kenya. Stay tuned!