Launch of new book examining US exceptionalism


IHRC will host author Saeed A. Khan next week to launch a new book looking at US exceptionalism through the prism of colonialism.

In 2018, IHRC held the conference The New Colonialism: The American Model of Human Rights, to unmask the systemic problems that undergird US Exceptionalism, with a focus on the Americanisation of Human Rights as tool of US led foreign policy rather than a transformative discourse that seeks to liberate individuals, groups and indeed large sections of society who are oppressed by unjust systems.

This book is a compilation of nine papers from scholar-activists attending the conference. The papers examine how human rights as theory and practice have been co-opted by the US as part of brutal, racist and colonial foreign and domestic policies.

The book includes papers from Saied R. Ameli, Laurens de Rooij, Mary K. Ryan, Saeed A. Khan, Tasneem Chopra, Sandew Hira, Ramon Grosfoguel, Rajeesh Kumar and Sohail Daulatzai.

Saeed A. Khan is Senior Lecturer Near East & Asian and Global Studies at Wayne State University, as well as Research Fellow at its Center for the Study of Citizenship and Honorary Fellow at Australian Catholic University. He is also Cofounder and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding. He is a regular panelist on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Turning Point, as well as a regular contributor to news outlets like the BBC, Veja, Quartz and Time Magazine.

WHEN: Monday, 20 January 2020, 6.30pm
WHERE: IHRC Bookshop, 202 Preston Road, Wembley, London HA9 8PA

This event will be streamed live on IHRC.TV and Facebook.

For more information or comment please contact the Press Office on or (+44) 20 8904 4222 or (+44) 7958522196


IHRC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
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