Friday, September 23, 2016

Hong Kong conference, Cuba, Baltimore etc.

Hi Colleagues:
As you know, the ISA is holding a conference in Hong Kong in June 2017. For more information please see the ISA website. A call for proposals went out some time ago.

The GSCIS would like to sponsor or co-sponsor some panels at the conference and we are asking anyone who is interested in participating to let us know, separately from your submission to the HK organizers, so that we can liaise appropriately with them. Please send your proposals (or a message regarding your submission) to me in my capacity as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Outreach and Conferences. Click here:

In connection with this, we are asking for participants in a roundtable proposed by Prof. Runa Das entitled:
"Sharing Globally Lived Experiences, Challenges and Promises in Academia." The RT fits into the GSCIS's aim to encourage networking between scholars working in the North and those in the South. It aims to develop/suggest coalition-building, survival, and networking strategies for these globally employed scholars across several continents to see how they can meet “structural hindrances” that are faced in academia. 
If you are planning on attending the HK conference and would like to give a presentation at this  RT, please let me know as soon as possible.

Other News
Work on holding a workshop (no more than 100 participants) in Cuba in 2017 (after the HK conference) is proceeding apace, and we will soon let you know definitively whether it will be held. The prognosis is good. The workshop will be devoted to our usual GSCIS themes, namely "decolonizing" IR, including local and regional perspectives in IR (with a view to producing a Global IR,  helping global south scholars integrate into the academy )wherever they are located),  and clarifying the link between theory and practice in GS studies. 
As soon as the exact dates and arrangements are complete, we will send out a notice to you all. However, you may wish to begin thinking about whether you would like to participate in such a meeting and even get ahead of the game by emailing me so that I can have an idea of how many may wish to participate. Because of the numerical restrictions,  GSCIS members will be given priority for this meeting. A general call to ISA members will be made AFTER a call to the GSCIS.

Some members have been asking about the proposed Brazil conference. The following post appeared earlier and is repeated here for those who missed it:

Dear Members:
In the summer newsletter which is on its way to you, you will note that the Third GSCIS Conference  scheduled for Brazil has been postponed in order to avoid clashing with other ISA conferences scheduled for next summer. Instead the Committee on Outreach is currently negotiating to hold a few smaller workshops in 2017. One such will take place in Manila within the larger PHISO conference, and a second is tentatively (Note: tentatively) scheduled for Havana. We will update you soon regarding the latter.
jbw, Chair, Outreach

And so, see Cuba update above.
Imad Mansour (Program Chair) and Nanette Svenson (GSCIS Chair) have been working hard on our Baltimore offerings.  Thanks to a very cooperative program committee as well as the other section and caucus chairs, the GSCIS will this year sponsor or co-sponsor the most panels and roundtables we have ever had. By now you will have received your acceptances so be sure to pre-register soon to secure your place. A fall newsletter will be out in due course, with preliminary information on the program.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

American University: Position Open in race and gender

Race and Global Studies
 Assistant Professor Tenure Track
School of International Service American University

The School of International Service at American University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Race and Global Studies to begin August 1, 2017 at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants should have a PhD or the highest equivalent degree in a relevant discipline or an anticipated PhD completion by August 2017. As a school that includes a diversity of scholarly disciplines and approaches, we seek the best candidates without respect to a particular discipline. We seek scholar-teachers whose work is theoretically grounded, empirically tested, and policy relevant.
Candidates should demonstrate excellence in research and teaching and a commitment to university service. Candidates should share the School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The ideal candidate is a scholar-teacher who brings together conceptual and empirical innovations in the investigation of race, racism, racialization, and power in global context. SIS is particularly interested in scholars who adopt transnational, cross-national, historical, and/or intersectional approaches to the study of race. The search is open as to academic discipline, research methods, levels of analysis and geographic area. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to, race and diasporas, displacement and migration, race and violence/human rights, relationships between institutions and racial identities, as well as race and the environment, labor or global health.

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit applications via: Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations, and a copy of a recent published paper or working paper. Applicants should also submit the names and emails of three references who will automatically be contacted and asked for a confidential letter of recommendation.

Queries about the search should be sent to Queries about the online application system should be sent to

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital. For more information about American University, visit
Established in 1957, American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is a top-ten school of international affairs located in Washington, D.C. SIS faculty produce transformational research and prepare our students for global careers in government, nonprofits, and business. SIS’s prime location provides opportunities for research, professional training, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.
Housed in a beautiful LEED-Gold certified building which reflects our commitment to sustainability and ecological stewardship, SIS is a diverse and inclusive community of 3,000 students, 120+ full-time faculty and more than 20,000 alumni worldwide. Our offerings feature a comprehensive liberal arts program for undergraduates, professional education in international affairs for Master’s students, and a multidisciplinary program for Doctoral students. Learn more about SIS at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

Saturday, September 3, 2016


Dear Colleagues:
We have been silent for a while, only because Imad and Nanette have been working hard on the Baltimore program. We can say in a preliminary way that the caucus will sponsor and co-sponsor the largest number of panels it has ever done, so stay tuned.
Meanwhile, for those who need travel grants please note the following message from ISA:

The ISA 2017 Program Team is working hard to craft the program for the ISA 2017 Convention in Baltimore, and the program will be released on September 16, 2016.
Travel grants are made available by ISA to supplement travel costs for members presenting at the 2017 Convention. The submission deadline for travel grants is September 7, 2016, and award decisions will be announced on September 30, 2016.
For more information about the ISA 2017 Travel Grant program and to apply for a grant, visit our ISA 2017 Travel Grant website:[].
Thank you for your support of ISA and your interest in our convention; we look forward to a great convention in Baltimore next February.
J. Andrew Grant
ISA 2017 Program Chair

Stay tuned for a message about ISA's Hong Kong conference next year in the next blog entry.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Baltimore Workshop: Interested? Send email before July 20! Also see PHISO reminder and memo re workshops to come

Aigul Kulnazarova and Jason Strakes would like to propose and organize a workshop during the ISA 58th Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD on “South-South Cooperation in a Changing World Order: Post-Soviet Interactions with the Global South”. Please read below the brief description of this new project.

Since the end of the Cold War and the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the international system has undergone major political and economic transformations. Several independent states of the former Soviet South – the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) – have complimented this new environment as well as the fragmentation of the previous bipolar world order with efforts to construct multiple regional and cross-regional associations.    

Yet, while the states of CCA exhibit various characteristics and conditions associated with post-colonial or developing nations, including struggles with hegemonic influences, resource dependency, economic inequality, institutional incapacity and unresolved internal conflicts, the study of these countries in conventional IR has traditionally been either relegated to a generic “post-communist” or “Russian and Eastern European” subfield, or framed according to narratives of an enduring geopolitical dichotomy between competing power centers representing an objectified “East” and “West”. Most recently, the major global powers and attendant political elites have presented these states with a choice between two possible hegemonic orders: the neoliberal development model signified by integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions and trade/investment regimes, and its alleged alternative advocated by the newly established structures of BRICS and post-Soviet regional integration projects such as the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). These dominant paradigms and discourses have caused many to overlook Eurasian states’ growing relationships with Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries and international organizations during the past two decades. Such disciplinary conventions have imposed unnecessary limitations on the ability of regional scholars to introduce new approaches, and more importantly, to generate novel findings regarding the domestic and international trajectory of CCA states.

In response to these concerns, we would like to offer an intensive workshop that will invite a group of scholars (both junior and senior) from varying theoretical perspectives to jointly organize an integrative forum, in which we will analyze Eurasian and developing world regions as part of evolving South-South interactions in international relations, and thus contribute further to global interpretive frameworks in IR.

The workshop will take place the day before the next Annual Convention, Tuesday, 21 February 2017. We are currently communicating with a publishing house in the UK that has expressed interest in this project. We plan to accommodate 15-20 scholars and publish the papers presented in the workshop as an edited volume. In the event of a successful application, there will be funding available for 1-2 nights’ hotel accommodation and 1-2 days per diem (1+1 for North American, and 2+2 for non-North American participants). If you would like to participate and present a paper in such workshop, please send a 200-word abstract and brief bio of maximum two pages to Aigul Kulnazarova ( and Jason Strakes ( by Wednesday 20 July 2016.

Please note that we are particularly interested in contributions that discuss the diverse and multifarious relationships of CCA countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the North Caucasus republics of the Russian Federation) both at institutional and nation-state levels with Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Latin American regions.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Aigul Kulnazarova, Ph.D.
Professor of International Relations
and International Law
School of Global Studies (SGS)
Tama University, Shonan Campus
802 Engyo, Fujisawa, 252-0805 Japan
Jason Strakes, Ph.D.
Associate Fellow and Visiting Lecturer
 Politics and Security Programme
OSCE Academy in Bishkek
1A Botanichesky Pereulok
720044 Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Tel:+996(070)861 3536




Dear Members:
In the summer newsletter which is on its way to you, you will note that the Third GSCIS Conference  scheduled for Brazil has been postponed in order to avoid clashing with other ISA conferences scheduled for next summer. Instead the Committee on Outreach is currently negotiating to hold a few smaller workshops in 2017. One such will take place in Manila within the larger PHISO conference, and a second is tentatively (Note: tentatively) scheduled for Havana. We will update you soon regarding the latter.
jbw, Chair, Outreach
Hope you are having a great and productive summer.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Speeech of Distinguished Honoree Amitav Acharya , Atlanta 2016

From Pressure Group to Peer Group
The Role of Global South Scholars in the Study of International Relations
Amitav Acharya
Slightly Revised Version of the Acceptance Speech of the ISA Global South Caucus (GCSIS) Distinguished Scholar Award
Atlanta 18 March 2016

It is a great honor for me to receive the ISA 2015 Global South Caucus Distinguished Scholar Award. I thank the Caucus for all their hard work during my Presidency 2014-15, including the holding of the highly successful Convention in Singapore. It was the first ever ISA event in Southeast Asia and a milestone in the ISA’s effort to expand its international activities.

In my remarks today, I will focus on the challenges facing Global South Scholars in general, and the GCSIS membership in particular and suggest ways to address them.

Broadly stated, the challenges facing IR scholars from the Global South are two-fold:
a. Institutional
b. Intellectual

They are not separate though. One needs institutional support or address institutional deficiencies to improve and advance on the intellectual front. But there is also a difference in terms of approach.

GSCIS needs to act as a pressure group on institutional matters.

Pressure groups are “collections of individuals who hold a similar set of values and beliefs based on ethnicity, religion, political philosophy, or a common goal. Based on these beliefs, they take action to promote change and further their goals.” ( A pressure group “actively seeks to promote its particular interests within a society by exerting pressure on public officials and agencies.” (

As a pressure group, the GCSIS should aim, among other things, to realize the following:

a. Increasing participation in ISA meetings by Global South Scholars. Travel grants (do 750USD discourage participation from Global South. Of course it does. But we have to have a debate over something that is so obvious)

b. Challenging discrimination and exclusion (from governing bodies, committees, editorial boards, special projects like ISA’s 2015 Sapphire series), conscious or unconscious.

c. Encouraging more people from Global South to seek out and join committee positions Demanding proactive change in the way ISA and other institutions do their business

The approach should be one of vigilance, protest, naming and shaming, just as transnational advocacy groups adopt to promote causes such as human rights and the environment.

But a pressure group role is not enough. While issues such as travel funding, panel slots, etc. are important, and keeping in mind that the Caucus is not a normal ISA section but a forum for dialogue and coordination of scholars with similar interests, it is still imperative that the GSCIS should aim for developing a serious intellectual identity and agenda. Let me quote from a Global South scholar (who wants to remain anonymous):

The most important thing for the northern ISA to do is read, discuss, assign, circulate, and cite scholars from the global south. These are the principal mechanisms of professional advancement in our area of work. When these things are done, funding will find these scholars…Funding… is no different than foreign aid, meaning it is always tied in some ways….A hundred years ago thinkers in India and elsewhere were able to produce the knowledge to defeat the British Empire (which after WWII Churchill was adamant would remain intact). (emphasis in bold original, email dated 25 May 2016)

Keeping this in mind, when it comes to intellectual agenda, the goal of the Caucus should be to act as a peer group.

Members of a peer group have common interests and they “have an influence on the socialization of group members.” Members of a peer group “are likely to influence the person’s beliefs and behavior.” (

Who is the peer group for the Caucus here? It is not the GSCIS members. It’s also not the other scholars who are not part of the caucus but study the Global South. Rather, it’s the entire community of IR scholars.

You should influence the beliefs and behavior of all IR scholars, not just those of the Global South, and socialize them into a more dynamic, open, inclusive approach to the study of IR. As I have said elsewhere, scholars from the Global South should aim not for an IR meant exclusively for the Global South, for they should be the vanguard for a Global IR.

Amitav Acharya, “An IR for the Global South or a Global IR?,” E-IR, OCT 21 2015. (

How to do this. The following comes to mind, although they are by no means exhaustive:

1. Going well beyond the signature Issues for Global South, such as underdevelopment, development, race, internal conflicts, etc., and getting involved in all the big issues and debates in IR, including climate change, security, global governance, etc. Part of this effort must be to develop theories and concepts from the Global South experience that are applicable not just to the Global South, but to the world as a whole.

Let me give an example. During the Cold War, scholars like Buzan, Ayoob, Korany, Ed Azar, and others did excellent work on Third World security. Their focus was on studying the distinctive security predicament of the Third World: how different it was from security of the Western nations. But their insights were meant to apply only to the Third World countries. This raised questions about the wider applicability of their ideas to security studies in general. What might happen when the Cold War was over, or when the idea of the Third World was less relevant as a “third Force? My own approach was to argue that the Third World is the whole world! The insights from Third World insecurity applies to global insecurity as a whole. This is new security studies. Old security studies was about military force, nuclear weapons etc., mainly in Europe and the central balance. New security studies is about ethnic conflicts, state failure, transnational terrorism, regional powers, rising powers from the South, etc. In other words, the issues of the periphery has become the core of security studies (My essay on: “The Periphery as the Core”, in Critical Security Studies) Insights from Third World insecurity is central to security of the world, or global security.

2. Embracing theoretical and methodological pluralism. This means analyzing the Global South’s role not only from the familiar lenses of Postcolonialism, Marxism, or Dependency, but also Constructivism, Realism, and Liberalism and other theories. For example, Realism has lot to say about non-European IR, as with Ayoob’s Subaltern Realism. Liberalism is the most deficient here, because its foundations are wholly European. But this should be challenged and broadened.

3. Bringing in scholars who are traditionally Western centric, but helping them to reorient through engagement.

4. Going beyond the discourse of marginalization and the mindset of victimhood to providing analysis and explanations of how the world works, to developing theories and concepts from the ground, from bottom-up that can be used to study IR as a whole.

Some examples, which I have discussed in my 2014 ISA Presidential Speech (published in International Studies Quarterly, 58, 4 2014), include the role of ASEAN in developing a successful non-European model of regionalism, the emerging modes of conflict management by the African Union, and Latin America’s human rights and democracy promotion norms. All these have a global relevance beyond the individual regions where they originated, and have contributed to global order.

I would also suggest the following ideas:

One is to have a book prize. Many ISA sections have book prizes. To the best of my
knowledge, 2015 was the first time the ISA book prize was given (on a shared basis) to a Global South scholar (Professor Tang Shiping from China), and it took some planning. Many Global South scholars simply don`t bother to submit their books knowing they might be ignored. So a book award (named Global IR Award or Global South Award) sponsored by the Caucus
that honors a book about (at least substantively about its place, role, and dynamics) the Global South by anyone, or an award by someone from the Global South (the choice will have to be discussed) will be timely to illustrate the GCSIS’ peer group role.

Another idea is to push our existing ISA journals to revising their mission statement to reflect the issues that are important to the Global South. They all now say that they are trying to get more submissions from Global South and we are familiar with the politics of how this is done (or sidelined) and obstacles to this. One strategy here would be to push ISA journals to have regular forums on Global South issues commissioned by the editors with contributions by Global South scholars (plus others).

A third idea is to have one of the books in the ISA compendium series devoted to Global South or Global IR that gives lots of space to Global South issues. Here, Global South oriented scholars will have more editorial control and seek contributions from Global South scholars.

In conclusion, thank you again for honoring me with your annual award. I do hope that I have encouraged you pursue both the “pressure group” and the “peer group” roles simultaneously, with passion and dedication, to end the marginalization of Global South scholars and Global South studies and help contribute to the development of a Global IR.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Ramesh Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. He was formerly Senior Vice Rector of the UN University and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General. Educated in India and Canada, he has held fulltime academic appointments in Australia, Canada, Fiji and New Zealand and been a consultant/adviser to the Australian and New Zealand governments on international security. He was a Commissioner and a principal author of The Responsibility to Protect and the Principal Writer of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s second reform report.
The author/editor of 50 books and 400 articles and book chapters, Dr. Thakur is also a regular media commentator, serves on the international advisory boards of institutes in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Global Governance. His books include The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2006); Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey (Indiana University Press, 2010); The Responsibility to Protect: Norms, Laws and the Use of Force in International Politics (Routledge, 2011); The Group of Twenty (G20) (Routledge, 2013); The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (Oxford University Press, 2013); and Theorising the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2015).


ACUNS publishes online peer-reviewed book reviews on books relating to the study of the United Nations, international organization(s) and topics in global governance. We have a list of Books Available for Review[] on our website; if you are interested in writing a review on a recent publication that is not listed, you may contact the book review editor, Anastasia Ufimtseva (

Message from President T.V. Paul: Task Force on the Global South

Here is a message from the President of ISA. Please note that the caucus will be sending out a more specific call for participation in the task force committees soon.

Dear Colleagues:
The Governing Council of the International Studies Association (ISA) at its meeting in Atlanta on March 15, 2016 approved the setting up of a presidential taskforce on the Global South (please see the attachment). The taskforce will be constructed in collaboration with the Global South Caucus (GSCIS) and it will supplement the useful work the Caucus has been performing for the past several years. The main purpose of this taskforce is to find ways by which members from the concerned regions and countries can improve their participation in ISA activities such as conferences, governance, and publication venues, in particular, the various ISA journals. The participation from Global South countries in these areas at present is very minimal.
We are writing to ask your opinion on the issues (as listed below), and possible solutions and mechanisms to implement them in a timely manner. We will pass your suggestions on to the taskforce once it is formed. In addition, please let us know if you can think of names of individuals, especially from underrepresented regions for possible membership in the taskforce. These individuals should have knowledge and understanding of the issues, some past ISA involvement, and can offer concrete solutions.  For your information, the following are the set of issues that we have identified for beginning the deliberations.

Short-term/Medium-term Issues:  
1.     Greater number of participants from GS countries at ISA annual and other conferences organized by sections, regions, caucuses and affiliated organizations.
2.     Travel grants, generating travel resources through other sources, e.g., endowments, private donors; national and international; regional groupings.
3.     Improving journal submission and acceptance rates for scholars from the Global South.
4.     Training programs by ISA and affiliated sections/caucuses, including using existing training programs (e.g. OUP’s programs).
5.     Improving representation in governing bodies.
6.     Other issues to be identified by the Taskforce membership.
Longer-term Issues:
1.     Achieving greater cooperation among Northern and Southern scholars. Publishing in Southern journals and through Southern presses; joint publications- What can ISA do to promote this type of interaction?
2.     Scholarship, paradigms, pedagogy etc.  How to frame and engage beyond one or two dominant paradigms such as post-colonialism or critical theories.
3.     How to draw in more scholars who work on Global South issues within and beyond ISA memberships and Caucuses.
4.     Bridging language barriers.
5.     Providing greater networking opportunities.
6.     How to make ISA more globally-oriented, e.g. by seeking more affiliations.

We are also attaching a report that Lembe Tiky (chair), Aigul Kulnazarova (co-chair), and Kristina Hinds Harrison (rapporteur) prepared  on the basis of the deliberations at the Global South dialogue session that was held at the  Atlanta meeting in March. The report contains many useful ideas which will be shared with the task force. A special thanks to all who participated in the Dialogue.
We thank you for your support and advice for this important initiative. A response by May 30, 2016  is much appreciated. Please respond to this email address:
T.V. Paul,  ISA President (2016-17)
Nanette Svenson, Chair, Global South Caucus (2016-17)

Relevant links to the discussion about Diversity::[]
Roger McGInty, "Changing the ISA- From the Bottom-up"