Friday, January 13, 2017

Distinguished Scholar Nominees. Please Vote

Dear Global South Caucus members,
It is time to vote for our Global South Caucus Distinguished Scholar Award to be presented at the Annual ISA Convention in Baltimore at our Distinguished Scholar Luncheon on Friday, February 24th. In line with tradition, we rotate regions each year and the 2017 scholar is from Latin America or the Caribbean. We received a record number of eight nominations this year and here below are the bios of our three finalists.
Please select the scholar you feel best embodies our criteria, 

The Global South Caucus’ Distinguished Scholar Award is given annually in recognition of the recipient’s exceptional and sustained contribution to global south international studies (defined within the context of the ISA), as reflected both in published works as well as policy contributions. If the recipient is able to attend the ISA convention at which the award is given, s/he will be expected to give a brief address to members, usually at a luncheon event.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  • A distinguished record of scholarship and usually a record of policy contributions reflecting a sustained interest in global south affairs. It is not required that the nominee be a member of the ISA but s/he should be at least familiar with the association and usually will have participated in some way in its activities in the past.


  • The recipient receives a plaque, which is presented at the ISA Annual Convention.

Selection Process

  • The Caucus Executive Committee will review nominations from, and consult with, the membership at large, and then select the recipient.
  • The award will be presented during the ISA Annual Convention.

Send your vote to Imad Mansour, GSCIS Program Chair, by January 20th.

Many thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

Nanette Svenson
Chair, Global South Caucus
International Studies Association

Diana Tussie
Diana Tussie holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and is a Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Senior Fellow. She is Director of the international relations department at FLASCO in Argentina, and is the Founding Director of the Latin American Trade Network (LATN). She served previously as Argentina's Undersecretary for International Trade Policy, has participated in various trade negotiations and was Director of the National Commission of Foreign Trade. In 2005, she served on the High Level External Panel for the Trade Assistance Evaluation of the World Bank. More recently she joined colleagues from Canada and India in the external evaluation of the WTO’s technical assistance program. She has been a member of the Committee for Development Policy of the United Nations and is a professor in Argentina’s Foreign Service Institute and visiting professor at the University of Oxford. In 1996 she was selected as Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in International Relations for the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Fulbright Commission. She is also a member of several editorial boards, including for International Studies Quarterly, The World Economy, Global Governance, Journal of InterAmerican Studies and World Affairs and Progress in Human Geography. Her recent books include The Politics of Trade: Research and Knowledge in Trade Negotiations, Trade Negotiations in Latin America: Problems and Prospects and El ALCA y las Cumbres de las Américas: Una nueva relación público-privada? (with M. Botto).[][]

Jacqueline A. Braveboy-Wagner
Jacqueline Braveboy-Wagner is a professor of Political Science at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York and at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College of The City University of New York, where she specializes in the foreign policy, diplomacy and development of small sovereign states, the Caribbean region, and the Global South more generally. She is the author of 11 books and numerous articles (see bio below). She was the first Caribbean woman to serve as President of the Caribbean Studies Association and her service to the International Studies Association includes positions as the United Nations Non-Governmental Organization representative and membership on the Governing Council, the Executive Committee, and the Committee on Ethics and Responsibilities, among others. In 2011 she received the Ladd Hollist Award for significant service to ISA and the following year she founded the ISA's Global South Caucus, serving as its Chair until 2015 and currently serving as Chair of its Advisory Committee. Her edited volume, Diplomatic Strategies of Nations in the Global South: The Search for Leadership, was published recently by Palgrave Macmillan.  Previously she was a fellow at the UN Institute for Training and Research and Visiting Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan in the 1970s. She has also been a consultant for the United Nations/Caribbean Community, United States agencies, and Caribbean and Latin American government/intergovernmental organizations.[][]

Eudine Barriteau
Violet Eudine Barriteau is a professor of Gender and Public Policy and a Grenadian born, Caribbean feminist and activist. She has served in various roles at The University of the West Indies (UWI) for more than 30 years, now as Principal of UWI in Cave Hill, Barbados. She is the author of The Political Economy of Gender in the Twentieth Century Caribbean published by Palgrave International, and won the University of the West Indies Press’ inaugural best-selling textbook prize for the edited work Confronting Power, Theorizing Gender: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in the Caribbean. Her latest publication is the edited collection, Love and Power: Caribbean Discourses on Gender published by UWI Press in 2012. She has co-edited four other publications and published twenty-four chapters in books and eleven articles in peer-reviewed journals. She served as the first Head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, a position she held for fifteen years, and was the first woman at UWI appointed Campus Coordinator, School for Graduate Studies and Research. She has received a number of national, regional and international awards and recognitions, including the Government of Grenada’s Order of Grenada Gold Award for Excellence to her, in recognition of her contribution to education and the Barbados Government’s Gold Crown of Merit in recognition of her invaluable contribution to gender and development. Her research interests encompass feminist theorizing, gender and public policy, gender issues in higher education, and Caribbean political economy.[]

Thursday, December 22, 2016

End of the Year Tidbits

Happy Holidays and happy New Year to all.
Cuba Workshop, Call for Papers: See

The Fall Newsletter is now out! If you have not received it, please contact ISA to confirm your email address.
Check out this honor for our own Amitav Acharya: Living Legend Award from his hometown.

Prestigious Odisha Living Legend Award was conferred on Prof Amitav Acharya for his decades of work in challenging the western dominant approaches in the study of global affairs and in promoting Global South in International Relations. He received the award trophy and Living Legend citation from the Chief Guest Hon’ble Minister of Finance Shri Pradeep Kumar Amat and Guest of Honour legendary linguist Padmshri Shri Debi Prasanna Patnaik.

Amitav Acharya is currently (2016-17) the Boeing Company Chair in International Relations at the Schwarzman Scholars Program, Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the Distinguished Professor of International Relations and the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC.

He has written extensively for leading journals and popular media and has been honored globally with Chairs and Visiting Professorships. For his contribution to Global IR he received Global South Caucus Distinguished Scholar Award in 2016 from the International Studies Association (ISA)

The Department of Economics, University Of The West Indies, Mona, is hosting the inaugural
West Indies Economic Conference (WECON) under the theme \Small Economies,
Unlimited Possibilities". The conference will be held at the UWI Regional Headquarters, Mona, Jamaica, March 9-10, 2017.

WECON invites papers on, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Economic Growth; Institutional Quality; Monetary Policy; Public Debt; Public Policy; Trade and Investment; Vulnerabilities; Education; Unemployment
Abstracts not exceeding 200 words should be submitted in electronic format to the following
address: The Coordinator, WECON 2017, Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI, Mona Campus, Tel: 876-977-1188, Email:
The submission deadline for abstracts is December 31, 2016. Authors of accepted papers
will be noti ed on or before January 6, 2017. The paper submission deadline is February
6, 2016.

Registration Fees:
International USD 100
Local and Caricom National USD 50 (or $6500 JA)
Student Free
The registration fee covers badge, conference accessories, co ee breaks, lunch and banquet. The
registration deadline is February 10, 2017.
More information can be accessed via the WECON website,, or
contact the coordinator by email.

Call for Papers: Havana Workshop

Call for Proposals

The University of Havana, Cuba
The Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association

International Workshop
6-8 July 2017 (Thursday to Saturday)

At the University of Havana, Cuba

In cooperation with the Coordinadora  (Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES), Argentina
The Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
The Instituto de Estudos Estratégicos (INEST), at The Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF),
                                                          Niterói, Brazil.

Title: Exploring the Local in International Relations

The Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association (GSCIS) is dedicated to expanding the theoretical and practical horizons of the discipline of International Relations (IR), which has been largely shaped by Western and global northern experiences. It is now fairly well recognized that the study of IR has tended to devalue the ideas and experiences of global south countries and peoples. To change this, in the interest of developing a truly global IR, the GSCIS has been championing, as a first step, the exploration, discussion, debate, and formulation of local and regional narratives and practices of the south – Africa, Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean. This workshop follows up on larger conferences we have held in Menton (2012) and Singapore (2015) as well as panels we have sponsored at the International Studies Association’s annual convention since 2012, and a workshop co-sponsored with the Philippine International Studies Organization’s workshop in March 2017.
The Havana workshop, occurring in a country which has for decades promulgated alternative approaches both domestically and internationally, will both explore southern perspectives as well as assess the relationship between these and “mainstream” IR. Within these parameters, the workshop is open to all who wish to explore theoretical, methodological, empirical, and practical/policy-oriented research in IR.
Call for Proposals

Papers are solicited in the following areas (see also Panels below):
  1. Local contributions to theory and methodology in IR and foreign policy analysis (FPA) in Asia (including Developing Eurasia), Africa, the Middle East and Latin America/Caribbean, Proposals can draw on historical experiences, culture and values, traditions and ideas, ethnographic preferences, or any related area. Comparative studies are especially welcomed.
  2. Local contributions to the practice of IR in Asia (including Developing Eurasia), Africa, Middle East and Latin America/Caribbean. Contributions on the role and significance of policy research, governmental approaches, the role of development, diplomacy and diplomatic styles, nongovernmental and transborder/transnational practices, among others, are welcomed.
  3. Dialogues between Western and non-Western interpretations of IR and FPA. 
  4. IR/FPA pedagogy: comparisons and contrasts of curricula around the world; sharing of experiences in teaching in a variety of environments.
  5. Publishing and research experiences: cross-regional showcasing of local/regional funding opportunities, as well as outlets for research and publishing; gaps in publishing in the south; experiences with mainstream funders/publishers.

Structure of Submissions
Paper submissions should:
1) indicate under which of the categories listed in the “Call” above you would like your submission to be considered;
2) contain an abstract of no more than 100 words, clearly typed with a cover letter indicating institutional affiliation/contact information. Please provide as well five key words/concepts which can be used to highlight the contents of the proposed contribution.
Participants who submit papers may be asked to serve as panel chair, coordinating the presentation in terms of order and time and summarizing the highlights of the session for delivery to the conference committee.

Panels: Although the workshop will be organized by categories listed in the “Call” above, and the organizers will put papers together based on those, we anticipate that there may be room for a few complete pre-formed panels. If you would like to submit a complete panel, you should include an abstract and five key words/concepts which highlight the contents of the proposal. Proposals should include a brief description of any special arrangements needed (beyond the usual presentations followed by interaction with the audience). Proposals should also include information (names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses) of all participants. Note that acceptances will be sent to the chair for dissemination to panel members.
Submissions should be emailed to the following based on the geographical location of the proposer (NOT the geographical subject of the proposal):

USA, Canada, Europe:
J. Braveboy-Wagner (CUNY-New York),

Asia (including Developing Eurasia) 
and Middle East: 
Imad.Mansour (Qatar University), or Jason Strakes, OSCE Academy:

Dêlidji Eric Degila (ENA-Benin),

Latin America: Consuelo Davila (UNAM-Mexico), 
 Thiago Moreira De Souza Rodrigues (INEST, Brazil),

Deadline for proposals                     February 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance               March 15, 2017
Deadline for full paper upload  –        June 15, 2017

Registration: All accepted participants must pre-register and pay registration fees by April 15, 2017. Credit card payments are not permitted in Cuba and we cannot accept cash payments onsite. All payments must be made via the ISA website.

The last day to withdraw is June 1, 2017.

Workshop Registration Fees
  • For members of the Global South Caucus: US$100 per person/Student members: $80.
(ISA members who are not members of the Global South Caucus must join the caucus membership costs $5)
  • Non-ISA, non-Cuban members: US$180.
  • Cubans: Waived
  • Onsite registration will be available for Cubans only. Foreign participants MUST pre-register since no credit cards are accepted in Cuba.
Payments must be made upon (pre)registration. Further information on how to register will be provided in acceptance e-mails and on our blog and ISA website.

Travel grants:
  • Once accepted, participants can fill out a financial aid form. Depending on our budget, we may be able to give a small subsidy to some participants, particularly attendees from certain areas of the south. Any assistance will be disseminated after, not before or during, the conference. Further information will be provided after March 15. 

Coming to Cuba
Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements but helpful information will be sent out soon. Airport Transfers: Conferees arriving at Jose Marti International Airport may use transfer services of any of the local transportation companies - Cubatur, Transtur and Transgaviota. The fee schedule and package options will be provided.

Please note that legal and visa requirements to enter Cuba vary. You should ensure that legal and other necessary documents are in order. Check with Cuban diplomatic or consular representatives/services in your country. The generally accepted and emerging protocol is that visitors to academic conferences/meetings use the “Tourist Visa Card” for travel to Habana, Cuba. These cards are usually available from the airlines or travel agencies when such entities are used. For visitors travelling from the USA, the airline will provide an affidavit for the attendee to complete. The suggested category for a meeting such as this is “Professional Research and Meetings.” The workshop organizers, ISA, and the University of Havana are NOT REPONSIBLE for your travel, legal, and visa arrangements beyond supplying you with acceptance letters.

Lodgings and Accommodations:  Participants can source accommodations at Airbnb. They should restrict their search to Vedado, and Centro Habana districts. Other close municipalities are Habana Vieja and Playa (the latter would require transportation as public transportation is available but the schedule may not fit the needs of the conference.) In addition to the casas particulares that are featured on Airbnb, several hotels including the Habana Libre, Hotel Presidente, Hotel Colina as well as other iconic Habana Hotels are close by. We will send out more information on pricing etc. later.

Re: Location of the workshop.
The workshop will take place at the Enrique Varona Building on the main campus of the University of Havana. This building is in the heart of the Vedado district, a location with a number of cultural and research institutes and government ministries in close proximity. It is minutes from the Prado and Plaza de la Revolution as well and about 15 minutes from Old Havana. There are also several hospitals and medical complexes in the vicinity.

A cultural event is likely to be part of the workshop program.
Information on tours will be provided later.

We are looking forward to receiving your proposals. Thank you.

Workshop Organizing Committee
Chairs: J. Braveboy-Wagner (City University of New York) and Antonio Romero (University of Havana).
Members: Nanette Svenson (Chair GSCIS;  Tulane University)
Imad Mansour (Vice Chair, GSCIS, Qatar University)
Consuelo Davila (UNAM, Mexico)
Thiago Moreira De Souza Rodrigues (INEST, UFF, Brazil).
Delidji Eric Degila (ENA-Benin),
Elsada Cassells (CUNY), Local Arrangements.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

ELECTION CALL !! Deadline extended! Distinguished Scholar Nominations-Deadline Extended


Dear Colleagues:

By now you will have received a preliminary notice from Nanette about our upcoming elections.

In keeping with last summer's decision and in accord with our charter which calls for elections either before the annual convention or within 30 days of the convention, the Nominations Committee of the GSCIS alerts you to the following:

Open slots on the Executive Committee (2017-2019):
Chair and Vice Chair
Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean
Representative for Africa
Representative for Asia
Representative for the Middle East
Representative for  Developing Eurasia

Newsletter Editor
Communications Director

  A threshold of 15% of members voting is required for a valid election.We did not meet the threshold last year and so agreed that anyone eligible to be nominated for a second year (that is, anyone who has not already served two years on the EXCOM) would be automatically nominated for a second time. This does not preclude anyone else from being nominated by the membership for the same slot but these three persons are the Nominating Committee's preferred slate which we hope you will endorse with a 15% threshold. This year, the automatic nominees are:

Pichamon Yeophantong (Asia)

 Kevin Funk-Newsletter Editor,
and Matthew Bishop- Treasurer)

All other terms are for two years, assuming the threshold is reached.

If you would like to serve the caucus, or would like to nominate someone for ANY position, please write to the Chair ASAP at
 The Chair will forward your nomination to the Nominations Committee composed this time of EXCOM members who are not running for election this year.

Please respond to Nanette ( on behalf of the Nominating Committee, by December 23 (deadline has been extended). Please send bios of candidates when you respond. The election slate, their bios, and balloting process will be sent out soon after.

In nominating persons, please take note of the following sections of the Charter of the GSCIS
(Amended Charter as of March 2015: for full charter click here)

1. The officers of the Global South Caucus for International Studies shall be as follows: Chair, a Vice Chair who will also serve as the Program Chair, a Secretary/Communications Manager, a Treasurer and a Newsletter Editor.
2. The term of office for the Chair and Vice Chair shall be two (2) years, unless the Executive Committee votes, under extraordinary circumstances, to extend these terms for no more than two additional years.
3. The term of office of the Secretary and the Treasurer shall be two (2) years. These two officers may stand for re-election to one other term, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee.
4. The term of office of the Newsletter Editor shall be two (2) years. This officer may stand for re-election to one other term, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee.
Executive Committee
5a. The Executive Committee shall consist of all current officers (as in Article IV.1), the immediate past chair of GSCIS serving ex-officio, and five (5) at-large members representing the following areas:
i) Latin America and the Caribbean; ii) South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific; iii) Africa; iv) Middle East/North Africa; v) developing Eurasia and/or North-South. The designation ‘North-South” refers to scholars working on issues linking North America and Europe with the global south.
5b. In so far as is possible, the Caucus shall endeavor to rotate the at-large membership among the various sub-regions of the broader regions of the global south.
6. At-large members shall serve a non-renewable term of two (2) years unless the Executive Committee votes, under extraordinary circumstances, to extend these terms for no more than two additional years.  However, three at-large members will initially serve a one-year term (renewable for another year by election), in order to allow for rotating terms and the maintenance of institutional memory.

The Executive Committee serves as the nominating committee for committees other than itself. For membership of the Executive Committee, a nominating committee composed of three to five members of the Global South Caucus chosen by the Chair shall nominate candidates. Self-nominations are encouraged. The Chair and Vice Chair may also submit their own nominations to the committee.
The Vice Chair is eligible to serve as Chair as is any member who is deemed to have played a sufficiently active role in the caucus.
Candidates nominated should meet the required criteria of geographic and disciplinary diversity. The committee should take into account the contributions of nominees to the Caucus and the ISA.
Bios of prospective candidates shall be e-mailed to members before the annual election (which normally coincides with the annual business meeting) or before any by-election. Ballots shall be returned by e-mail within a specified period of time. New officers shall normally be presented to the membership at the annual meeting. 
In extraordinary circumstances, elections may take place no more than thirty (30) days after the annual meeting. In such a case, the terms of members of the EXCOM will expire with new elections rather than at the annual meeting.

Thank you,

Dear Global South Caucus members,
It is once again time to solicit nominations for our GSC Distinguished Scholar Award to be presented at the Annual ISA Convention next February. As has been our tradition, we rotate regions each year and for 2017 our scholar will be from Latin America or the Caribbean.
Criteria for nominees is the following, as noted on the ISA website,
  • A distinguished record of scholarship and policy contributions reflecting a sustained interest in global south affairs.
  • It is not required that the nominee be an ISA member but s/he should be familiar with the association and usually will have participated in some way in the past.
Members and friends of the GSC are asked to submit nominations by email to me with a note substantiating consideration of the nominee and a bio/CV (or web link to one) by December 15, 2016. Final decisions will be made by the GSC Executive Committee serving as well in its capacity as the Nominations Committee.
Many thanks for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you!
Nanette Svenson
Chair, Global South Caucus
International Studies Association

(Update: See