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

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:[] (with Graham Ong-Webb)[] (with Graham Ong-Webb)

A final installment is coming out soon.

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.[]

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