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Published in partnership with the International Studies Association (ISA)

Oxford University Press has partnered with the ISA on the ORE of International Studies, combining the speed and flexibility of digital with the rigorous standards of academic publishing.

Race, Ethnicity, and Nation

"“Race” is the most controversial term since it is based on a false biological premise that there are distinct groups of genetically similar human populations and that these “races” share unique social and cultural characteristics. This assumption was common among many thinkers during the 19th and much of the 20th centuries and still has a considerable following in folk theories and everyday discourse, but it has been completely discredited by scientific knowledge in biology and genetics. ..." – By Polly Rizova and John Stone

South African Foreign Policy

"South Africa’s post-apartheid foreign policy, like its domestic policy and politics, has been defined to a significant extent by the challenge to reconcile the contradictions inherent in the dual identity and value system inherited from the colonial–apartheid dispensation. ..." – By Fritz Nganje and Odilile Ayodele


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