This introductory chapter demonstrates the necessity of pushing beyond the expressive behavior model of the motivations of ethnic and racial groups in the U.S. foreign policymaking arena. It argues that while the model can shed light on these motivations, there is clear evidence that such emotive commitments as engendered by transnationalist orientations are rarely sufficient to lead black activists, intellectuals, and politicians to take up the work of advocating for their ancestral homelands in the U.S. foreign policymaking arena. The decisions that minority elites make about mobilizing in the foreign policymaking arena on behalf of their homelands emerge from strategic calculations balancing the value of the engagement against the costs accrued in the domestic arena. The chapter also establishes the theoretical context underlying this study, and outlines the research data and methodology used.
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