Posted on September 21, 2017

Editorial Board of ‘Third World Quarterly’ Resigns

Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 20, 2017

All members of the Third World Quarterly’s editorial board have resigned over the publication of a controversial essay.


[The essay] is titled “The Case for Colonialism.” It argues that the idea that Western colonialism harmed colonized countries and their people is largely exaggerated.

The resignation letter states that the essay was published without consulting the editorial board.


The editorial board later found out that reviewers had rejected the essay.


“Thus, Bruce Gilley’s Viewpoint essay, ‘The Case for Colonialism,’ must be retracted, as it fails to provide reliable findings, as demonstrated by its failure in the double-blind peer-review process.