Happy 2013 to everyone! We hope that the new year will be productive and successful for all members.
One initiative discussed by EXCOM members who attended the conference was the establishment of an African Initiative similar to the Developing Eurasia initiative currently sponsored by Jason Strakes in Georgia. Africa is indisputably underrepresented in terms of teaching and research in international studies, and scholars from Africa are underrepresented at international conferences. Pending further discussion by Council, Eric Deguila of Benin will begin work on the initiative.
The San Francisco ISA annual conference will be here before we know it (early April). You probably have noticed that most of the caucus panels are clustered on the last day, Saturday,which is admittedly inconvenient for participants who like to or have to attend during the earlier part of the week. However, it also means that we have one convenient day to network and discuss. So if you have to choose, perhaps you can skip the earlier part of the week this time around and make sure to be there for the latter half of the conference.
Please note that on Friday we will hold our Distinguished Scholar event which begins with a presentation by our nominee Dr. Jomo Sundaram (FAO: ). This will be followed by a luncheon for no more than 20-25 people (because of the size of the room available). The luncheon will be co-sponsored with the Academic Council for UN Study (ACUNS). All caucus members are invited to this lunch ($10 contribution), on a first-come, first served basis. Please let us know if you will attend by emailing Treasurer Seifudein Adem at firstname.lastname@example.org, cc'd to the Chair at email@example.com. Finally, our business meeting will be held immediately after these events. Please put all of this on your calendar.