Jacqueline Braveboy-Wagner

Position: Professor Emeritus
Campus Affiliation: CUNY Graduate Center; City College
E-mail: jbraveboy-wagner@gc.cuny.edu
Research Interests: Foreign policy, diplomacy and development, particularly with respect to small states (and specifically Caribbean states) as well as the nations of the global south in general, Caribbean & Latin America
Professor Jacqueline Braveboy-Wagner is a specialist in foreign policy, diplomacy and development, particularly with respect to small states (and specifically Caribbean states) as well as the nations of the global south in general. Prof. Braveboy-Wagner taught at Bowling Green State University in Ohio before coming to CUNY. She has written 11 books (two edited) and more than 100 papers, book chapters, and articles. A second edition of her most recent book Diplomatic Strategies of Nations in the Global South: The Search for Leadership (Palgrave/Macmillan 2016; http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137452252) is expected to be published in 2022-3. Most recently, she served as co-guest editor (with Sebastian Haug and Gunther Maihold) of a special issue of Third World Quarterly focused on the concept of the Global South (see TWQ, 42:9, 1923-1944, DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2021.1948831; see the editors’ Introduction at : https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2021.1948831).
Apart from her scholarly work, she was the first Caribbean woman to serve as president of the Caribbean Studies Association (1992-3), the main association for scholars interested in the Caribbean region. Before that she served as the CSA’s newsletter editor and then as Vice President. From 1995 to 2010, she served as the United Nations-NGO representative of the International Studies Association, also serving on the ISA’s Governing Council. In 2011 she was awarded the Ladd Hollist award for significant service to the association.
In 2011-2012, she founded the Global South Caucus of the ISA (GSCIS), a grouping aimed at bringing often-marginalized African, Asian (including Central Asian) and Latin American scholars and scholarship into the mainstream of IR. Three conferences were held under her watch – in Menton, France; in Singapore; and in Havana, Cuba. She served as the Chair of the GSCIS until 2015 (co-Chair to 2016) and now serves on an Advisory Committee devoted to promoting recruitment and outreach to, the various world regions.   Prof. Braveboy-Wagner has been a fellow at, and assistant to, the director of training of the UN Institute for Training and Research. She has also been a Visiting Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University under CCNY’s Japan initiative, having also done research in Japan in the 1970s.
She served as Director of the MA program in international relations at the City College from January 1999-2002. She has been a consultant  for  the United Nations/Caribbean Community, United States agencies, and Caribbean and Latin American government/intergovernmental organizations, and from 2006-2010 chaired a high-level governmental commission related to her expertise on Caribbean diplomacy. In 2011, she was honored as one of 50 “distinguished alumni” by the University of the West Indies Alumni Association. She was also chosen as the International Studies Association’s Global South Caucus Distinguished Scholar for 2020-2021.An interview with her is archived at the Women in the History of International Thought archive https://whit.web.ox.ac.uk/about
Read an interview with Dr. Braveboy-Wagner here, from the Spring 2019 issue of our department newsletter, Homo Politicus.


At a time of change in the international system, this book examines how non-traditional leading nations from the Global South have fared to date and what the chances are of their rise to continue. In the second decade of the twenty-first century, the enthusiasm of observers of the international scene about the “rise of the rest” is waning as many countries that were expected to lead the evolving multi-polar order are experiencing economic contraction and governance problems. In order to predict further developments, the contributors to this volume focus on the types and sources of the diplomatic strategies that must be executed by rising states if they are to preserve domestic advances as well as gain influence regionally and internationally. Through a comprehensive examination of case studies from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, they show that while there are commonalities among these rising states, unique domestic conditions, values, and traditions impact and predict diplomatic strategizing and the ability for sustained projection on the international scene.
Seeking to refocus thinking about the behavior of the global south (third
world) states in international affairs, this book explores contending
explanations of global south foreign policy and strategy. The authors draw
on both traditional approaches and newer conceptualizations in foreign
policy analysis, contributing to the development of an integrated
theoretical framework. Examples from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the
Arab world enrich the analysis. (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner 2003)

Analyzes the main commonalities and strategies of third world states through the lenses of colonialism, modernization, and domestic as well as international development. (New York: Praeger/CBS, 1986)
While clearly assessing the achievements, performance and responses of major global south institutions to global change, Jacqueline Anne Braveboy-Wagner shows how and why such arrangements are critical in the South’s efforts to call the international community’s attention to their concerns and to resolve their special problems.
Focusing on a range of key areas to provide the reader with a well-rounded understanding of this important subject in international affairs, the book:
  • offers a rationale for the institutional development in the global South
  • elaborates on the scope of membership, structure, aims, and problems of such institutions
  • assesses the utility of tri-continental political and economic organizations
  • examines the history and activities of region-wide organizations
  • evaluates the potential of sub-regional integration arrangements
  • analyses the applicability of various theories, and makes suggestions with respect to the study of global South institutions.
The lack of a comprehensive and accessible compilation of institutions of key importance to the global South in the post-war period, makes this book essential reading to students and scholars in the fields of in international organization, international politics, foreign policy, international development, and global south public policies.
  Jaqueline Braveboy-Wagner, Small States in Global Affairs: The Foreign Policies of the Carribbean Community (CARICOM), (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
This book represents an update of a well-received volume published in 1989, Caribbean in World Affairs. Given the broad changes that have occurred in the world since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and taking into account requests for a second edition from Caribbean scholars and policymakers in recent years, the author has written this new edition with the same aim as the original: to provide a comprehensive and theoretically-grounded account of diplomatic developments in these microstates. The author provides a lasting analysis of small state behavior, noting the recent renewal of interest in small states in both the global north and south. The new material includes attention to the changed global setting, updated theoretical developments in foreign policy, and the inclusion of Haiti and Suriname, newer members of Caricom.
Jaqueline Braveboy-Wagner and Dennis Gayle eds., Caribbean Public Policy: Regional, Cultural and Socioeconomic Issues for the 21st Century (Boulder: Westview 1997).
Caribbean countries must now compete for investment capital and markets while striving for social equity and sustainable development. This book offers a comprehensive overview of public policy issues in the region, looking in particular at these important themes: economic policy, regionalism and integration, education and culture, health care, labor and migration, gender, drug abuse and narcotrafficking, the environment, and telecommunications. The contributors, all eminent representatives from the English, Spanish, French, and Dutch Caribbean, bring together culturally diverse viewpoints and address issues with a refreshing directness, assessing realities, challenges, and possible futures of the Caribbean.
Jaqueline Braveboy-Wagner with W. Marvin Will, Dennis J. Gayle, and Ivelaw Griffith, The Caribbean in the Pacific Century: Prospects for Caribbean-Pacific Cooperation (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1992).
Despite the current global focus on prospects for the integrated European market, there are many in the policymaking and business communities who believe that the next century will be a Pacific, rather than a European, one. Not only does U.S. trade with East Asia far exceed its trans-Atlantic commerce, but recent figures show that the countries of Asia Pacific account for more than 40 percent of the world’s output of goods and services.
As the Pacific century approaches, Caribbean states are moving to diversify their foreign relations away from the traditional focus on Europe and North America. The authors of this book explore the commonalities and current links between the Asian-Pacific and Caribbean states and examine ways in which ties between the two groups can be deepened to their mutual benefit.
Jaqueline Braveboy-Wagner, The Caribbean in World Affairs, (Boulder: Westview Press, 1989).
This is an important book- It is the first single-authored work to comprehensively describe and analyze the external politics of the twelve English-speaking nations of the Caribbean. the largest bloc of small states in geopolitical Latin America and in the world. And because Dr. Braveboy-Wagner draws upon her intimate knowledge of the practicalities of Caribbean politics, plus building upon empirical theory, this volume significantly advances knowledge not only about small and often poor states in the Caribbean but also about the increasing number of small states worldwide. How these weak Caribbean states recruit, staff, and sometimes share foreign service officers; how they establish and implement goals of security, de-velopment. and prestige; and how they respond to crises, positioned as they are in the overlapping shadows of metropolitan and inter-mediate powers. is addressed not only in readable prose but also graphically by more than two dozen carefully drafted charts and tables. The third major book to be authored by Dr. Braveboy-Wagner in a decade. The Caribbean in World Affairs should have a most positive impact.
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