April 2011 Newsletter

News from the Foreign Policy Analysis Section

 

Below you will find some key information and announcements of interest to FPA section members, including updates from the Montreal conference and news about the upcoming meeting in San Diego in 2012. I’d like to draw your attention to one thing in particular that has a looming deadline: Nominations for the 2012 Distinguished Scholar Award are due MAY 1, so that we can have the entire panel in place when it’s time to build the San Diego conference program in June. Please send the letter of nomination and CV to me by email (haneypj@muohio.edu) by May 1. On behalf of the entire Executive Council, thanks for all your hard work.

 -Patrick J. Haney

FPA Section Chair 2011-2012

FPA @ 2011 Montreal Conference

 The Foreign Policy Analysis Section was busy at the Montreal annual international convention. The section sponsored or co-sponsored 100 panels and 2 poster sessions, including a wide range of research and inquiry. Thank you to all of the panelists, chairs, and discussants who helped make the conference such a great success.

The section held its annual business meeting at the convention as well. The new slate of officers for the 2011-2012 cycle is listed below. Our great thanks to Christopher Jones, who rotates off the Council after extra duty, and to Laura Neack for her excellent work as program chair and section chair. Note too that once again the FPA section is the second largest section of the ISA, with over 770 members.

The section recognized Professor Stanley Hoffmann as its Distinguished Scholar for 2011. A panel of friends and colleagues led the large audience in recognizing and thanking Professor Hoffmann for his contributions to the field and to the Academy. We then joined with our colleagues from the ISSS section for the usual raucous joint reception to honor Professor Hoffmann and the ISSS Distinguished Scholar, Professor Thomas Schelling.

New FPA Officers Elected at Montreal Convention:

Patrick J. Haney

President/Section Chair

Department of Political Science

Miami University

haneypj@muohio.edu

Cameron Thies

Vice President & Program Chair

Department of Political Science

University of Iowa

cameron-thies@uiowa.edu

Amy Below

Officer-at-Large & Special Projects Co-Coordinator

Department of Political Science

Oregon State University

Amy.Below@oregonstate.edu

Jarrod Hayes

Officer-at-Large , Co-Coordinator of Special Projects, & Liaison for ISA-Midwest

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

Georgia Institute of Technology

jarrod.hayes@gatech.edu

Trevor Rubenzer

Officer-at-Large & Chair, Alexander George Graduate Student Paper Competition

Department of Political Science

University of South Carolina Upstate

trubenzer@uscupstate.edu

Laura Neack

Past President

Department of Political Science

Miami University

neacklj@muohio.edu

Awards:

2011 FPA Distinguished Scholar Award Presented to Stanley Hoffmann

(From left to right) Louise Richardson, Linda B. Miller, Peter J. Katzenstein, Stanley Hoffmann, and Michael Joseph Smith celebrate Hoffmann’s Distinguished Scholar 2011 Award at the annual ISA convention in Montreal.

Past Distinguished Honorees

  • Alexander George 1990
  • James Rosenau 1991
  • Ole Holsti 1992
  • Margaret Hermann 1994
  • Michael Brecher 1995
  • Bruce Russett 1996
  • Harold Guetzkow 1997
  • Robert C. North 1998
  • Charles Kegley 1999
  • Jack Levy 2000
  • Charles Hermann 2001
  • Eugene Wittkopf 2002
  • Stephen G. Walker 2003
  • Jonathan Wilkenfeld 2004
  • Alex Mintz 2005
  • Charles Doran 2006
  • Patrick James 2007
  • Bruce Bueno de Mesquita 2008
  • Steve Chan 2009
  • Joseph S. Nye, Jr. 2010
  • Stanley Hoffmann 2011

Distinguished Scholar Award Nominations for 2012

The Foreign Policy Analysis Section is soliciting nominations for its Distinguished Scholar Award to be given at the annual convention in San Diego in April 2012. 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 to Patrick Haney (haneypj@muohio.edu) by no later than May 1, 2011.  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 San Diego. In addition, the distinguished scholar will be honored at a reception where he or she will be presented with a plaque.

 

Alexander George Graduate Student Paper Competition 2011

The winner of the Alexander George Graduate Student Paper Competition 2011 is:

Jonathan Renshon for his paper, “Dissatisfied States: Status and Aggression in World Politics.”

Honorable mentions:

Matthew Moore for “Trading with the Embargoed: State Decisions to Violate Arms Embargoes”

Jenifer Whitten-Woodring for “Does Promoting Media Freedom Promote Human Security for Women? Rethinking the Assumptions of USAID.”

 

Alexander George Graduate Student Paper Competition 2012

Graduate students are invited to participate in the 2012 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 2012 award must have been presented at or after the Montreal 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 September 1, 2010 to the Chair of the Alexander George Award Committee, Trevor Rubenzer (trubenzer@uscupstate.edu). The other Committee members are Amy Below and Jarrod Hayes. There is the potential for multiple awards based on the quality and number of papers received. Please feel free to contact the chair of the award committee with questions.

Announcements:

Message from 2012 Program Chair Cameron Thies

The deadline for submitting paper and panel proposals for the San Diego meeting is June 1, 2011. The call for papers and a description of the conference theme will be posted soon at http://www.isanet.org/annual_convention/.  You will be able to begin submitting proposals via myISA on March 28, 2011.

In addition to encouraging submissions for workshops and innovate panels, I’d also like to encourage paper, poster, panel, and roundtable submissions for San Diego. 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 San Diego.

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 plus a discussant and chair, 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 & Jarrod Hayes, Officers-at-Large and Co-Chairs for 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 Amy or Jarrod (amy.below@oregonstate.edu or jarrod.hayes@gatech.edu). Include your name, contact information, the title of your proposed panel/workshop and a brief description. Some ideas that emerged from the Montreal Convention are FPA and constructivism, FPA and new media and the challenges of energy security. 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, 2011.

 

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 16, 2010.

To learn more about innovative panels and working groups, please see http://www.isanet.org/annual_convention/specialty.html#innovative.

Message about FPA @ ISA-Midwest from Jarrod Hayes, ISA-Midwest Liaison

FPA will again co-sponsor the ISA-Midwest meeting this year in St. Louis (November 1-4, 2012). I would like to encourage you to submit paper proposals directly to the Program Chair.  The call for papers with the contact information for the program chair will be listed soon on the ISA-MW website, http://isa-m.missouri.edu/. If you have ideas for roundtables, please contact me at jarrod.hayes@gatech.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.

Smith Richardson Foundation

The International Security and Foreign Policy Program of the Smith Richardson Foundation will award grants through its annual competitions for junior faculty and doctoral students at U.S. institutions.

The Junior Faculty Research Grant Program is an annual competition that awards at least three research grants of $60,000 to support tenure-track junior faculty engaged in the research and writing of a scholarly book on an issue or topic of interest to the policy community. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2011, and the results will be announced by October 31, 2011.

The World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship is an annual competition to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history. The Foundation will award up to twenty grants of $7,500 each. The deadline for submission is October 17, 2010, and the results will be announced by February 1, 2012.

For further information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the website of the International Security and Foreign Policy Program at the following address:

http://www.srf.org/grants/international.php

Smith Richardson Foundation

60 Jesup Road

Westport, CT 06880

Millennium: Journal of International Studies

Call for Papers–2011 Annual Conference

22-23 October 2011

London School of Economics and Political Science

OUT OF THE IVORY TOWER:

Weaving the theories and practice of international relations

On the 40th anniversary of Millennium: Journal of International Studies, the 2011 Millennium Annual Conference will explore the relationship between theory and practice for both the study and conduct of world politics.

The gap between International Relations (IR) theories and the practice of world politics is widely acknowledged as a critical problem, and has stimulated a debate in itself. The underlying assumption which has informed the discussion until now has been that theory is only for theorists and practice is only for practitioners. Based on this assumption, the prevailing response to reconcile the separation between theory and practice has revolved around the need to overcome the dichotomy between theorists and practitioners. However, the relationship between theory and practice is much more complex.

For instance, what is the role of theory in constructing and delimiting what is possible and/or impossible in international relations? How does the way we teach IR to students influence future practices of international politics? Why is the development of theories not more rooted in the analyses of world political practices? To what extent is the applicability of theories constrained by the actual policy processes? What kind of responsibility do academics bear with regard to the understanding of world politics they hinder or facilitate?

These represent only some of many crucial questions that still need to be explored. The 2011 Millennium Annual Conference aims at pushing forward the boundaries of our understanding about the relationship between theory and practice. Innovative methodologies and new research agendas are required in order to bridge a gap which goes beyond the mere (dis)engagements between academics and practitioners.

Millennium welcomes the submission of abstracts on these and related topics, and panel proposals (with a minimum of 3 abstracts). A selection of the conference papers will be featured in Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Vol.  40, No. 3.

Deadline: 16 May, 2011 (for abstracts – max. 500 words; and panel proposals)

Please submit your proposals to the Editors at millennium: millennium@lse.ac.uk

Keynote Speaker: Kathryn Sikkink (University of Minnesota)

Opening Roundtable: Andrew Hureell (Oxford University), Stephen Gill (York University, and Carol Cohn (University of Massachusetts)

Closing Roundtable: Christian Reus-Smit (EUI), Stephen Chan (SOAS), and Christine Sylvester (Lancaster University)

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