April 2010

Foreign Policy Analysis Section, April 2010 Newsletter

Please note that there are early deadlines in the information below.

Message from 2011 Program Chair Patrick Haney

The deadline for submitting paper and panel proposals for the Montreal meeting is June 1, 2010. The call for papers and a description of the conference theme can be found at http://www.isanet.org/montreal2011/.

In addition to encouraging submissions for workshops and innovate panels (see Amy Below’s message for important deadlines), I’d also like to encourage paper, poster, panel, and roundtable submissions for Montreal. I especially want to encourage graduate students to submit proposals so that they can be considered for the Alexander George Award after presenting the paper in Montreal.

Just a couple of reminders about the process of building the program: (1) Submitting fully-formed panels is a great way to go. The phrase “fully-formed” is key here; five papers are better than four, and please make sure that the panel members are fully committed to attending the conference. Piecing panels back together that fall apart as the conference approaches can be extremely challenging. (2) I want to strongly encourage individual paper proposals, and also urge you to “check” a second section for your paper proposal as this makes it far more likely we can find a home for your paper. Co-sponsoring panels with other sections is a way to increase our footprint at the convention, and when you check a second and even third section for your proposal this helps in the process. (3) Please be generous with me in your willingness to serve as a panel chair and/or discussant. These are central roles at the convention, we always need people to help out in this capacity, and very much appreciate your willingness to perform this professional activity along with everything else you do. Keep in mind that graduate students can serve as chairs but not as discussants.

Message from Amy Below, Officer-at-Large, on Innovative Panels and Working Groups

FPA is soliciting ideas for innovative panels, roundtables and working groups on either purely FPA themes or in conjunction with another section. Ideas can relate to the conference theme or any other pertinent and thought-provoking topic. Please send your ideas to me (amy.below@oregonstate.edu). Include your name, contact information, the title of your proposed panel/workshop and a brief description. Some ideas that emerged from the town hall discussion “What is Foreign Policy Analysis?” at the New Orleans conference were bringing together US & European FPA Scholars; bringing together regional/area specialists and FPA scholars; and focusing on non-crisis decision making and the FP of small states. If anyone is interested in developing any of these concepts or some of your own, I stand ready to help you develop your ideas.

For those of you who might not be clear what we mean by working groups and innovative panels, ISA offers this primer:

Innovative panels may include a debate format or a “town hall” meeting. An innovative panel could involve short panel presentations and audience discussions about a particularly timely or controversial subject with a moderator to facilitate the dialogue. Other possibilities may involve the use of technologies to broadcast to a greater audience or involve panelists from distant locales in the discussion. Ultimately, this is an opportunity for a little creativity and experimentation — to push beyond the traditional panel format.

Innovative panels are also available on a competitive basis.  In addition to the quality of the panel proposal itself, we will consider diversity in section representation and costs associated with the panel.  ISA will designate a special room in a high-traffic area at the conference site for the innovative panels and provide good promotion of the panels — both in advance of the meeting and at the conference.  We offer basic technology services and special room set-ups for these panels and facilitate these panels on your behalf with ISA’s program chairs.  Any equipment or technical support required above and beyond what ISA provides, including adapters or equipment that is not compliant with U.S. electrical standards or formats, will be the sole financial responsibility of the Panel Chair and/or Section.  We encourage you to share your suggestions and ideas with us as you develop your panel proposal.  Final innovative panel proposals may be submitted via our website by May 15, 2010. To learn more about innovative panels, please see http://www.isanet.org/innovative_panels/isa-innovative-panels.html

Working Groups are organized so that participants meet at three times during the conference: (1) for a full day on the Tuesday before traditional panels begin, (2) midway through the conference for a briefer 1-2 hour meeting, and (3) a final 1-2 hour meeting toward the end of the conference.  ISA Headquarters assists with the room arrangements, technology needs, lunch/coffee breaks for the Tuesday all-day meeting, and the facilitation of a blog for the WG in advance of the meeting.

Working Groups are available on a competitive basis.  In addition to the quality of the proposal itself, we will consider diversity of section representation, thematic integration across sections, and linkages to the program theme.  We encourage you to share your suggestions and ideas with us as you develop your Working Group proposal.  Final Working Groups proposals may be submitted via our website by June 15, 2010. To learn more about our Working Group Initiative, please see http://www.isanet.org/isa_working_groups/.

Message from ISA-Midwest Program Chair Cameron Thies

At our annual section meeting in New Orleans, the membership advocated for a renewal of our ties with ISA Midwest.  We are happy to announce that FPA will be a co-sponsor of the ISA-Midwest meeting this year in St. Louis (November 5-7). I encourage you to submit paper proposals directly to the Program Chair, as we will have our own co-sponsored FPA panels.  The call for papers with the contact information for the program chair is listed below.  If you have ideas for roundtables, please contact me at cameron-thies@uiowa.edu.  I want to make sure that we have a great presence at the meeting this year.

We also want to draw your attention to the fact that papers presented by graduate students at the ISA-MW will be eligible for the Alexander George Graduate Student Paper Competition.  ISA-MW is an excellent way for graduate students to become active in our profession and receive good feedback on their work.  It could also be a great way to draw attention to their work through the paper competition.

Call for Papers – ISA Midwest, November 5-7, 2010  St. Louis, MO

You are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, and/or roundtables to be presented at the ISA Midwest Conference.  Our 2010 Partner Associations are:  the Central Slavic Conference (CSC) and the Midwest Association of Latin American Studies (MALAS).  Both the Foreign Policy Analysis section (FPA) and the Active Learning section (ALIAS) will be co-sponsors of the conference. More information at:  www.wichita.edu/isamw

Proposals should include: Paper/panel/roundtable title, a short abstract (150 words), full contact information (name, affiliation, address, phone, fax, and email) for all participants.

Program Chair: Dr. Carolyn Shaw, 1845 Fairmount St. Wichita State University, Wichita KS 67260-0017, OR carolyn.shaw@wichita.edu

Submission Deadline:  August 31, 2010

Message from Steve Saideman, Officer-at-Large, on the New FPA Blog

The ISA website has a page for the FPA section which provides basic information about the section, its officers, events, and the like.  Our blog will be more dynamic and interactive. We expect it to play two main roles:

  1. The blog’s primary role is to help members coordinate their efforts.  For instance, this would be the right place to post requests for additional paper-givers, chairs and discussants as one is putting together a panel for the ISA or another conference.  Follow this link for organizing panels for Montreal: https://foreignpolicyanalysis.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/panel-organization-isa-2011/.
  2. A second role is to generate conversations among FPA scholars in between the various meetings.  The officers will occasionally post ideas or ask questions about our field of study or point towards issues, articles and books that might be of use as we teach and research in this area.

Because we are just starting the blog, comments will be moderated–vetted to keep only that which is relevant for this blog.  I will serve as the moderator. If you have questions or suggestions, please email me at steve.saideman@mcgill.ca .

Message from Steve Saideman on the Alexander George Graduate Student Paper Competition

Graduate students are invited to participate in the 2011 Alexander George Graduate Student Paper Competition sponsored by the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the ISA. The award was established in 1990 to recognize an outstanding graduate student paper presented on a Foreign Policy Analysis Section panel at the ISA Annual Convention, regional meetings or ISA-sponsored international meetings. Papers that are eligible for the 2011 award must have been presented at or after the New Orleans meeting. Papers that are co-authored by a faculty member are not typically eligible for consideration.

To enter the competition, please e-mail a copy of your paper (in MS Word or PDF format) by no later than October 1, 2010 to me (steve.saideman@mcgill.ca) as Chair of the Award Committee. The other Committee members are Cameron Thies and Amy Below. There is the potential for multiple cash awards based on the quality and number of papers received. Please feel free to contact me with questions.

Message from Laura Neack, FPA President, on the Distinguished Scholar Award for 2011

The Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association is soliciting nominations for its Distinguished Scholar Award to be given at the annual convention in Montreal in March 2011.  Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations should include a letter of support and the nominee’s C.V.  As a general guideline, nominees should have a substantial record of publishing in the field and service to the section. Please send nominations via email (neacklj@muohio.edu) by no later than September 1, 2010.  The recipient will be selected by the section’s six-member Executive Council. A panel highlighting the distinguished scholar’s contributions to the field of foreign policy analysis and the broader profession will be organized for the meeting in Montreal. In addition, the distinguished scholar will be honored at a reception where he or she will be presented with a plaque.

Past honorees include Alexander George, James Rosenau, Ole Holsti, Margaret Hermann, Michael Brecher, Bruce Russett, Harold Guetzkow, Robert C. North, Charles Kegley, Jack Levy, Charles Hermann, Eugene Wittkopf, Stephen G. Walker, Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Alex Mintz, Charles Doran, Patrick James, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Steve Chan, and Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

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