Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Latest News

Dear Colleagues:

ISA's Accra conference is now over. We hope that all of you who participated had a very good and productive meeting. The caucus was represented by various panelists and, at the formal level, by Arlene Tickner, past caucus chair, and Paul Adogamhe, one of the former Africa-slot EXCOM members. Both welcomed participants at a caucus-sponsored afternoon get together which doubled as a recruiting event. We hope that many African scholars will see fit to join the ISA and in particular, the caucus, thus aiding our goal, established from the foundation of the caucus, of  expanding ISA into the global south and incorporating GS scholars and scholarship into IR. For more information on this ISA event, see the latest newsletter. Here are some pics of the event.

In other news, our program chair for 2020, Jason Strakes, has been hard at work maximizing our panel share for Hawaii. All of us who have worked hard for the caucus cannot but be pleased at the numerous ways in which ISA and the sections have been incorporating GS scholarship in recent years. No longer do you (members) have to rely on caucus sponsorship only; now almost all sections are including GS scholars as a priority.
We understand that the ISA program chairs are hard at work putting next year's program together and we look forward to soon seeing the preliminary program.
Meanwhile there are a number of other activities being planned for 2019-2021 so please continue to log into the blog from time to time. And do send us any information you would like disseminated. Our new Communications team will mirror blog entries on our other social media platforms.

From the previous Communications Director, A Call for Papers:

From: Thiago Moreira De Souza Rodrigues <trodrigues@id.uff.br>
Subject: Call for Papers "Crime and International Relations" - Monções (Journal of International Relations)

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to share the Call for Papers for the Monções' Special Issue "Crime and International Relations". Monções is a new and promising journal on international relations edited by the Grande Dourados National University (UFGD), Brazil. We are looking forward to gathering innovative and provoking articles on this momentous topic of the contemporary global politics. 

Please, find the complete call at the following links:

Guest Editors:

Marcelo Campos (UFGD)
Manuela Trindade (IRI/PUC-Rio)
Paulo Pereira (PPGRI - Santiago Dantas/PUC-SP)

Thiago Rodrigues (INEST/UFF)


Friday, April 19, 2019

Toronto review

Dear All:
At the annual convention in Toronto (March 27-30), the following new officers were inaugurated:

Dêlidji Eric Degila (IIR, Geneva and Benin), Chair
Jason E. Strakes (OSCE), Vice Chair
Consuelo Davila Perez (UNAM -Mexico), Communications Director
Mariana Aparicio (UNAM -Mexico), Newsletter Editor
Samuel Oloruntoba (University of South Africa), Africa Representative
Cristine Koehler Zanella (UF-SBC, Brazil), Latin America Representative
Zaynab El Bernoussi (Al Akhawayn University, Morocco), Middle East representative
and Peter Marcus Kristensen (University of Copenhagen), North/South representative

Nassef Manabilang Obiong (Philippines) is serving his second year as Asian representative. Erica Resende (UF-Rio) is serving her second year as Treasurer.

Congratulations to all!
New communications director and newsletter editor at ISA
Please send your news and photos to these new officers. The GSCIS plans to continue to develop its presence on social media as well as continue to maintain a limited presence on this blog.

The GSCIS sponsored 10 panels/sessions in Toronto, and secured the members' acceptance to many section panels. In conjunction with the Committee on  Representation and Diversity as well as the ISA, the caucus held the first Intergenerational Cafe: Academic Strategies for and From the Global South. In addition, a special session was held entitled "Assessing the State of Knowledge on Global South IR and Foreign Policy: Special Roundtable Honoring the Contributions of Jacquie Braveboy-Wagner."  This session was co-sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Engagement with the Global South as well as the ISA. It should be noted that the Committee on the Status of Engagement with the Global South grew out of the Task Force on the Global South established by former president T.V. Paul, one of the successful initiatives in which the GSCIS was well represented.

Participants Acharya, Hinds, Tickner, Grovogui, Korany and Schiavon

Nice tweet from Folashade

Going forward, plans are underway for a general review of the operations of the caucus and VC Jason Strakes is preparing a renewed Mission and Vision Statement for the caucus as it moves toward its ninth and tenth years.

ISA Honolulu Coming Up

The theme of ISA 2020, to be held March 25-28, is a very appropriate "Multiple Identities and Scholarship in a Global IR: One Profession, Many Voices." The Call for Proposals" is now available on the ISA website. The deadline for proposals is June 1st.

Friday, August 24, 2018


The ISA-FLACSO Joint Meeting, held in Quito, Ecuador, 25-27 July, was well attended and a success. The theme was "Power Reconfigurations: Regional and Global Responses in an Age of Uncertainty"  (Reconfiguraciones de Poder: Respuestas Regionales y Globales en Tiempos de Incertidumbre)." About 650 individual presenters attended, according to a count of the program's Index. Caucus members and associates were very visible. giving presentations on Latin American issues, the rise of  China, African international relations and other themes within the subfields of theory, foreign policy, security, law and political economy.
Highlights included the welcome by ISA's Executive Director  and the Director of FLACSO-Ecuador Juan Ponce Jarrin. Thsi was followed by a plenary featuring current ISA president Patrick James and Past President Etel Solingen as well as FLACO secretary general Josette Altamann Borbon and Professor Oscar Ugarteche of UNAM, Mexico.
Caucus Chair Arlene Tickner chaired a number of panels and arranged and hosted a caucus breakfast for all participating members on the first day. For more information, see of course, ISA's website as well as the caucus social media communications.
Caucus members are now focusing on Toronto!

Brazil, Ecuador, Suriname, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago (US) and Jamaica (US)  presenters pose after their roundtable on "Influence Strategies of Global South States."

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Singapore Summit at Al

Dear Followers and Friends:

As most of you know, we are publishing very little now on this blog inasmuch as the caucus has opted to make more use of social media outlets. The caucus's Communications Director is Prof. Thiago Moreira de Souza Rodrigues of INEST, Niteroi, Brazil. Do make sure to check out his social media posts. Anything said on the blog is usually also reflected in Thiago's posts. (Also Thiago has recently co-authored a chapter "Brazil: Violence and Public (un)Safety," in Jonathan Rosen's and Hanna Kassab's, Violence in the Americas (Lexington Books, 2018). As we know many parts of Latin America are plagued by violence, criminality, public safety policies, and human rights violations. The book itself is available on amazon.com.)

We will occasionally update you on this blog when there is something special to say. At this time, we wanted to say that stalwart caucus member Alan Chong has sent us some interesting short pieces he has done for the RSIS on  the recent Singapore Summit between Chairman Kim Jong-Un and President Trump. Members will recall that we held a very successful joint ISA-GSCIS conference in Singapore in January 2015 and participants left with warm feelings toward that country.
Alan's commentaries can be found, in order of publication at:

  http://www.rsis.edu.sg/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/CO18090.pdf[rsis.edu.sg] (with Graham Ong-Webb)
 http://www.rsis.edu.sg/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/CO18096.pdf[rsis.edu.sg] (with Graham Ong-Webb)
and http://www.rsis.edu.sg/rsis-publication/cms/co18104-trump-kim-summit-a-tale-of-two-endings/#.W4BWSuhKiUl

CUBA Again

It is almost a year since the Cuba workshop and several persons have emailed me (JBW), reflecting on last July's event. Some participants have even returned to Cuba for other meetings (for example, the Caribbean Studies Association's conference which has just ended). Some of you have also asked about our publication plans. Please know that despite delays because of an unexpected illness, we are still working on what we hope will be two volumes of relevant material from the workshop. As we have long noted, neither of these will be "Conference papers" per se. Rather these will be traditional books. You will be contacted as needed, as things progress. Book publications always take time and we are still in the early stages. Meanwhile, B-W has uploaded two of her latest speeches on Global South IR to Research Gate.

Best wishes to all for a wonderful and productive summer.

Don't forget ISA/FLACSO's meeting, coming up July 24.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thanks to All This Year

Happy holidays! 
(Contributors and old executive committee members, Book launch Baltimore 2017)

GSCIS advisory committee members would like to thank all who participated in the Cuba conference et al, and would also like to cite these universities for their help during 2017:

University of Havana-Universidad de la Habana. The University is the oldest in Cuba, dating to 1728 when it was established as a religious school. It has has 16 faculties, among them many Catedras (Chairs) in various subjects. About 25,000 students are enrolled. UH and the GSCIS cooperated to hold the Third Global South International Studies Workshop in July 2017.

UFABC is a relatively new federal university (founded in 2006, in Sao Paulo) intended to realize the then-government's goal of making higher education more accessible and inclusive.  It is tuition free and currently has about 13,000 undergraduates and 1,400 graduates. In 2017 it is ranked 8th in Brazil and 4th among Brazilian federal universities according to the Times Higher Education Latin America University rankings. In August 2017, UFABC hosted founding Global South Caucus Chair for fruitful preliminary talks on cooperation in various projects.  UFABC has an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum with Social Sciences represented as Politics and International Studies and Development Studies.

The Sixth Encuentro of the Brazilian Association of International relations was held in late July at
the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC-Minas) in Belo Horizonte. A private university, it has often been named as the best private university in Brazil.  PUC Minas has about 54,000 students, 2,000 faculty members and 1,800 staff members.

Thanks to all and happy holidays.

 UFABC professors at ABRI with keynote speaker JBW
 ABRI panel chaired by Thiago Moreira Rodrigues
Cuban panel chaired by Raul Rodriguez

Friday, September 8, 2017

How to Access Cuba Workshop Program, Sympathy re Natural Disasters, and Special E-Issue of ISR!!

Dear All:
Some of you have asked us where you can find an online version of the Cuba Workshop Program. The full program is available at:


Note: We are in the process of going through the papers for possible publication. Please continue to upload papers if you have not done so already.


Check out the ISA journals' free virtual special issue celebrating the ISA Global South meeting in Havana! It features ISR articles on: IR from a Global South perspective; economic sanctions; & an ontology and measurement of peace, applied to Colombia. https://academic.oup.com/isr/pages/isa_havana_vi[academic.oup.com]

Thank you Kelly!

We take this opportunity to express our sympathy with those persons who have suffered losses from the natural disasters which have affected the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States.

Thanks again to all who participated in Cuba.

JBW and team

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

And more photos of Havana

Raul Rodriguez,  Head of the Center for Hemispheric and US Studies, chairs a panel  

Amb. Cowie, Amb. Alzugaray, and co-Chiars JBW and Antonio Romero

Carlos Alzugaray, honored dinner guest, with Ambassador Lancelot Cowie of Trinidad and Tobago-La Torre