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Major US foreign policy conference coming to Edinburgh

The BISA US Foreign Policy working group is now accepting proposals for its conference, to be held 21-22 September, at the UoE.


12th BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group annual conference: Call for papers

21-22 September 2017

University of Edinburgh, UK

The 12th annual conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA) US Foreign Policy Working Group will take place at the University of Edinburgh on 21 and 22 September 2017. We invite proposals of individual papers or panels on any aspect of US foreign policy, contemporary or historical. We also welcome proposals from a range of scholarly perspectives, including International Relations; Political Science; History; Economics; and other related disciplines.

Possible topics for papers and panels might include broad or specific legacies of the Obama administration, as well as Washington’s foreign policy initiatives and the future of US grand strategy in the era of Donald Trump. Topics may also include US foreign policy as it relates to: regional/global power shifts; terrorism and counterterrorism; cyberwarfare/security; race; gender; human rights; energy security; nuclear weapons; trade and finance; multilateral organisations and institutions; and any other relevant arena.

This year delegates will have the chance to attend the University of Edinburgh’s prestigious Montague Burton Lecture in the early evening of 21 September 2017, free of charge. The lecture will be delivered at the University’s Playfair Library by Professor G. John Ikenberry (Princeton University), entitled ’After Victory, Revisited’. A limited number of places will be available and allocated on a first-come first-served basis upon registration for the conference, which will open after the call for papers has ended. An announcement will be made when conference registration and payment opens.   

A complimentary drinks reception will follow the Montague Burton lecture. There will then be a conference dinner which all delegates have the option of attending for a small extra fee, paid at the point of conference registration.        

Guest speakers for the conference include:

Mr Steven Erlanger, London Bureau Chief of the New York Times (keynote speaker) 

Professor G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Ms Xenia Wickett, Head of US and Americas Programme, Chatham House

Professor Rosemary Hollis, Professor of International Politics, City University London

Professor John Peterson, Professor of International Politics, University of Edinburgh

Paper and panel proposals should be submitted to the Working Group convenor, Dr Oliver Turner ( by the deadline of 24 April 2017.

A limited number of generous bursaries are available for strong proposals, particularly from postgraduate students and early career (post-doctorate) researchers. Please contact Dr Oliver Turner for further details.

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