CFP- 13th annual conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA) US Foreign Policy Working Group

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 1:00pm


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13th BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group annual conference


Call for Papers *FINAL deadline extension Friday June 20*

4-5 September 2018
Liverpool John Moores University, UK

The 13th annual conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA) US Foreign Policy Working Group will take place at Liverpool John Moores University on 4 and 5 September 2018. 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 US foreign policy as it relates to: race; gender; human rights; regional/global power shifts; terrorism and counterterrorism; cyberwarfare/security; energy security; nuclear weapons; trade and finance; multilateral organisations and institutions, and any other relevant arena. More focused papers might include Trump’s foreign-policy initiatives, as well as the future of US grand strategy. We are also supportive of panels that incorporate outside perspectives such as Chinese, Russian, Iranian or European reflections on US foreign policy.

There are two themes at this conference that will be addressed in the roundtables. We will examine US national security and the institutions that deliver it, and explore how the world views US foreign policy and its engagement with the world. Details of the invited speakers and keynote will be sent out at a later date.

The Keynote address on national security this year will be by David Rothkopf. He is the former CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine, professor of international relations, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of a number of books on US Foreign Policy, including National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear (2014).

Other confirmed speakers include Chief Diplomatic Correspondent Steven Erlanger New York Times, Dr. Ruth Deyermond Kings College London (Russian expert), Dr. Xin (Calvin) Liu Liverpool John Moores University (China expert), Dr. Adam Quinn University of Birmingham (USFP expert), Dr. Maria Ryan University of Nottingham (USFP expert), and Dr Dimitrios Anagnostakis Liverpool Hope University (EU-US relations expert).

We are keen for papers to reflect the diversity of US foreign policy by encouraging papers from women and BAME delegates. To support this issue of diversity we will provide some funding to those panels that expand our base and focus. Please email explaining how you fulfil these criteria. We also have a limited number of bursaries available for strong proposals from Early Career Researchers. ECRs considered for funding will be determined by being either a doctoral candidate or having a fixed term teaching post, postdoc etc. To provide confirmation please submit a CV with the necessary details. Because the funding for ECRs is coming from BISA you must be a member. Membership details can be found here: ECRs with a full-time permanent position will not be considered.

We will also have a conference dinner which all delegates can attend for an extra fee, paid at the point of conference registration.

Paper and panel proposals (300 word abstract) should be submitted to the Working Group convenor, Dr Matthew Alan Hill ([email protected]) by the extended deadline of Friday June 20, 2018.

A link to this call for papers can be found on the working group’s website: You can also follow us on Twitter: ; and join our Facebook group: