Jacqueline A. Braveboy-Wagner


Main Affiliation

Political Science

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

International Relations


North Academic Center







Jacqueline A. Braveboy-Wagner


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 as an assistant professor, rising to full professor in 1991-2. Apart from her scholarly work (see Publications below), 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, and received several awards over the years from the CSA. From 1995 to 2010, she served as the United Nations-NGO representative of the International Studies Association (www.isanet.org). She has served on the Governing Council, on the Executive Committee, the Committee on Ethics and Responsibilities and other committees of ISA. In 2011, she was awarded the Ladd Hollist award for significant service to the association at the annual ISA convention. She then went on to found the Global South Caucus of the ISA (GSCIS) in 2012, a grouping aimed at bringing often-marginalized African, Asian (including Central Asian) and Latin American scholars and scholarship into the mainstream of IR. She served as the Chair of the GSCIS until 2015 and now serves as chair of the 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 has been a member/participated in the activities of various Washington think tanks. Prof. Braveboy-Wagner chaired a government-appointed committee to review the foreign policy of Trinidad and Tobago between 2007 and 2009 and later, a committee to establish a diplomatic academy to serve that government and neighboring states. Among other awards, in April 2011 she received a very much appreciated honor as one of 50 "distinguished alumni" chosen for their outstanding accomplishments and community service by the University of the West Indies Alumni Association, at their inaugural award ceremony held to mark the 50th anniversary of UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. .


B.A., University of the West Indies (Jamaica)

M.S., Institute of International Relations, UWI, Trinidad and Tobago

Ph.D., The University of Arizona, Tucson.

Courses Taught


B6100: Theories of International Relations (MA)

B6902: Contemporary Conflict (MA)

B6933: Foreign Policy (MA)

MA Thesis mentorship

See also The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York, Ph.D. Program in Political Science



PSC 256: Contemporary International Conflict

Research Interests

Foreign policy/development/diplomacy of small states

Foreign policy/international relations of the global south

International Relations Theory




Diplomatic Strategies of Nations in the Global South: The Search for Leadership. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan 2016. 


Historical Dictionary of United States-Caribbean Relations. With Clifford Griffin. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Scarecrow Imprint, 2016.  


Institutions of the Global South (London/New York: Routledge, 2009/2010).


Small States in Global Affairs: The Foreign Policies of the Caribbean Community (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan2007).

The Foreign Policies of the Global South: Re-Thinking Conceptual Frameworks. .ed. (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2003)


Caribbean Public Policy: Regional, Cultural, and Socioeconomic Issues for the 2lst Century (Boulder, CO: Westview 1997). Co-edited with Dennis J. Gayle.


Caribbean Diplomacy (New York: Medgar Evers College of CUNY, Caribbean Research Center  1995).(Compilation of workshop papers from presentations at ISA-Acapulco, Center for Strategic Studies-Washington, and Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington/INVESP, Caracas/Center for the Study of America, Havana)


The Caribbean in the Pacific Century: Prospects for Caribbean--Pacific Cooperation (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1993). With W. Marvin Will, Dennis J, Gayle, and Ivelaw L. Griffith.


The Caribbean in World Affairs: The Foreign Policy of the English-speaking Caribbean (Boulder, Colorado: Westview, 1989) Special Series on Latin America under editorship of Heraldo Muñoz.


Interpreting the Third World: Politics, Economics and Social Issues (New York: Praeger/CBS, 1986).

The Venezuela-Guyana Border Dispute: Britain's Colonial Legacy in Latin America (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1984).


Recent Articles (2009-2016)


"Caribbean Foreign Policies in the 21st Century: From Activism to Improvisation in Diplomacy." In Nickolaos Karagiannis and Debbie Mohammed, eds., Caribbean Realities and Endogenous Sustainability. (Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, forthcoming 2017)


"The Non-Aligned Movement: Collective Diplomacy of the Global South." In B.J. Kercher, ed. Handbook of Diplomacy and Statecraft. London/NY: Routledge 2012: 274-89.


"The English-speaking Caribbean." Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics. Oxford University Press, 2012.


"Opportunities and Limitations of the Exercise of Foreign Policy Power by a Very Small State: The Case of Trinidad and Tobago." Cambridge Review of International Affairs, September 2010; 


"Caribbean Foreign Policy" in Robert A. Denemark, ed. The International Studies Encyclopedia (2010); Project of the International Studies Association.


"The Diplomacy of Caribbean Community States: Searching for Resilience." In Andrew F. Cooper and Timothy M. Shaw, eds. The Diplomacies of Small States: Between Vulnerability and Resilience (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009): 96-115.  


"International Relations" Chapter 6 of Richard S. Hillman and Thomas J. D'Agostino, eds. Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean (Lynne Rienner 2009). (new chapter expected 2017)

Additional Information- Recent Papers (2009-2016)

Selected recent presentations:


"Efforts to Combat the Marginalization of the Global South in IR: A Scholar's Perspective." Political Transformations Conference, Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt, October 2016.


"Winding Down, Revving Up: Strategizing for Late Career Moves." International Studies Association (ISA) Innovative Panel, Atlanta, March 2016.


“Problematizing the Global South.” Transformations in the Global South, Global South Studies Center, Cologne, Germany, May 2015.


"Living Globalization: Female Academics at Home and Abroad." International Studies Association Convention, New Orleans, February 2015.


"The United Nations and Development: The View from the Global South." Presidential Theme Panel, ISA Convention, New Orleans, February 2015., 


"G-77 and the Nonaligned Group: The Relevance of Tricontinental Multilateralism." UACES (Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies), Cork, Ireland, September 2014.


"Spaces and Places: The Impact of Geopolitics on Caribbean International Relations and Foreign Policy." International Studies Association, Toronto, March 2014.


"Global South Institutionalism: Bandung to B[R]ICS." International Studies Association Convention, San Francisco, April 2013.


"Adaptation in the Non-Aligned Movement." Joint British International Studies Association-ISA conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2012.


"Reading/Writing/Theorizing the Global South in International Relations/Foreign Policy." Center for International Studies, University of Southern California, January 2012.


"Strategic Culture of Trinidad and Tobago." Strategic Culture Workshop, Florida International University Applied Research Center, August 2011.


"Regional Integration and the Role of the International Community." Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum Meeting on Democratic Governance in the English-speaking Caribbean, Social Science Research Council, Curacao, June 2011.


"Foreign Policy Analysis and the Global South: Unfulfilled Potential." International Studies Association Convention, Montreal, March 2011.


"Inclusivity in IR? Themes and Practices in Caribbean Foreign Policy." Brazilian Association of International Relations-ISA, Rio de Janeiro, July 2009.


"Teaching about the Global South: Choosing Marginalization?" International Studies Association, New York, March 2009.