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On June 26, Salih Booker from the Center for International Policy led a stimulating conversation with FCNL’s staff and network on structural racism that permeates U.S. foreign policy.

Salih drew on his extensive experience of working to dismantle racism and provided a historical analysis of U.S. foreign policy through a racial justice lens and he offered some ways to move forward.

FCNL’s foreign policy lobbyists Theo Sitther and Kate Gould responded to Salih’s remarks and suggested some principles for advocating for a more just and peaceful world.

The event was livestreamed on FCNL’s Facebook page and the video is available here:

Resources for further reading

  1. The future is African – and the US is not prepared, by Salih Booker and Ari Rickman (Washington Post)

  2. Narcissus on the world stage by Diana Ohlbaum (Lobelog)

  3. Global Apartheid by Salih Booker and William Minter (The Nation)

Salih Booker is the Executive Director of the Center for International Policy. Salih has more than thirty years of experience in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Before joining CIP, Salih was the vice president for external relations at the U.S. Institute of Peace from 2015-2017. Previously, he was a special advisor to the executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa. Earlier, Mr. Booker directed two international human rights organizations – the Geneva-based Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions and the Washington-based Global Rights and was the founding Director of Africa Action. Booker has also worked in the U.S. Congress, in think tanks and international development organizations, and has lived and worked abroad in Africa, Europe and Latin America.