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Between Homeland and MotherlandAfrica, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Black Leadership in America$
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Alvin B. Jr. Tillery

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448973

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448973.001.0001

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(p.149) Conclusion
Between Homeland and Motherland

Alvin B. Tillery

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter evaluates the contributions of the strategic behavior model of black elite activism in the U.S. foreign policymaking arena. As this book illustrates, black leaders often take policy positions that stand in opposition to the goals that the governments of their ancestral homeland pursue in U.S. foreign policy. The chapter argues that the two-level games metaphor at the heart of the strategic behavior model sheds light on the behavior of the black elite in the U.S. foreign policymaking arena because it is clear that black leaders jealously guard their interests and those of their constituents in the domestic arena. This model, in addition, has broad applicability to other racial and ethnic groups. Finally, the chapter shows how this alternative theory also helps to resolve recent intellectual debates about the impact of transnationalism on U.S. foreign policy and the quality of black representation in U.S. politics.

Keywords:   strategic behavior model, black elite activism, U.S. foreign policymaking, alternative theory, transnationalism, black representation, U.S. politics

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