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The Color of Threat: Race, Threat Perception, and the Demise of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Zoltan Buzas, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, Drexel University


Race is understudied in international relations, generally, and international security, specifically.  To mitigate this omission, this talk provides a racial theory of threat perception.  It argues that, under certain conditions, racial prejudices embedded in racial identities shape threat perceptions and generate behavioral dispositions.  In the first step, racial similarity deflates threat perceptions, while racial differences inflate them.  In the second step, deflated threat perceptions facilitate cooperation among racially similar agents, while inflated threat perceptions facilitate discord among racially different agents.  Using extensive archival and secondary sources, the talk illustrates the explanatory value of the theory in the case of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance (1902-1923).

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