Friday, April 3, 2015

EXCOM ELECTIONS!!! Bios of Candidates and ballot: MEMBERS PLEASE VOTE!

Bios (for ballot scroll down):

Paul G. Adogamhe is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater-Wisconsin, USA. The focus of his research interest includes Pan-Africanism, Nigeria’s Foreign Relations, Issues of Poverty and Economic Development in Africa and UN Reforms. Aside from the contributions to edited volumes, his articles have been published in the Nigerian Journal of International Affairs (NJIA), African Integration Review, Poverty and Public Policy, the Journal of Energy and Development, Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies, among others.

Serkan Bulut is an alumni of Bogazici and Bilkent Universities in Turkey and University of Delaware in the United States. Currently he is a resident research fellow at CICP focusing on civil-military relations and foreign policy analysis. While most of his work is on Turkish foreign policy, the neo-ottomanism debate and its impact on Middle East, he also published articles on civilianization of politics and its reflection on foreign and security policy making process. He has traveled and done research in various Middle Eastern countries and presented his work in various international avenues. Mr. Bulut worked for several National and International organizations like Turkish Grand National Assembly and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in different capacities.

Delidji Eric Degila is Adjunct Professor of International Relations, National School of Administration, (ENA), Benin,Swiss Excellence Research Professor, Programme for the Study of International Governance (PSIG), The Graduate Institute of Geneva, Switzerland, Visiting Research Professor, Waseda University (Japan) and Advisor, African Union Ambassador at United Nations, Geneva. He teaches courses on African diplomacy and international governance.

Kevin Funk is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida.His dissertation analyzes the political economy and geopolitical significance of relations between Latin America and the Arab world, and utilizes interpretive methodologies to interrogate the claim that there is a “transnational capitalist class” with a shared class consciousness.He also serves as the Co-President for Graduate Assistants United, the labor union representing approximately 4,000 Graduate Assistants at the University of Florida.

Kristina Hinds Harrison is (PhD, London School of Economics) is currently a lecturer in political science and international relations at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, where she has worked since 2006. During her time at the University of the West Indies she served as the coordinator for the MSc Integration Studies from 2007 until 2013 and designed the BSc International Relations for the Cave Hill Campus. Kristina Hinds Harrison has published work on the role of civil society in Caribbean regional integration, on political protest in the Caribbean Community, as well as on gender in Caribbean politics/political economy. She continues to conduct research on Caribbean civil society involvement in regional and international politics and on gender in Caribbean politics. She is currently working on a comparative study of the mechanisms for civil society participation in Caribbean and African integration initiatives.

Mariana Alves da Cunha Kalil is Visiting Professor, Institute for Strategic Studies, Fluminense Federal University (INEST/UFF). She has been Editor-in-chief, Foreign Policy in Debate; Associate Researcher at the Lab for Brazilian Foreign Policy Studies (LEPEB/UFF); Associate Researcher at GAPCon/UCAM (Group for the Analysis of International Conflict Prevention); and Executive Coordinator for the Sergio Vieira de Mello School (EPAZ). She is working for her Ph.D., She holds a Master's in Comparative and International Politics at IRel/UnB and a Bachelor in International Relations at IRI/PUC-Rio. She is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFF), Women in International Security (WIIS), in the International Studies Association (ISA) and in the Brazilian Association for International Studies (ABRI).

Aigul Kulnazarova is Professor of International Relations and International Law at the School of Global Studies, Tama University, Japan. Born and raised in the USSR (now independent Kazakhstan), in the mid of 1990s she left for India to pursue her M.Phil. and Ph.D. studies at Pune University. In 2001, she joined the Graduate School of Law of Nagoya University in Japan, as a postdoctoral fellow and the Japan Foundation scholar. Dr Kulnazarova specializes in international organizations, international relations, human rights, global history and political thought. Her recent publications include two book chapters, Bridging Cultures: Negotiating Difference (2014), and Communication and New Technology (2014), both with SAGE Handbook of Globalization and Handbook of Human Rights, respectively. Concurrently, Dr Kulnazarova (2013-2017) is a senior member of international research project “Routes of Knowledge: The global history of UNESCO: 1945-1975,” which is sponsored by the Danish Research Council and in conjunction with the History Project of UNESCO in Paris, France. As part of this research, she now works on two independent book projects, one that examines the global impact of UNESCO’s education for international understanding and peace, and the other - the USSR’s relations with international organizations during the Cold War. 

Imad Mansour is Assistant Professor, Department of International Affairs, University of Qatar, 2013. He was formerly Visiting Professor, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris) – Campus Moyen-Orient Méditerranée, 2012-2013 and Faculty Lecturer, Department of Political Science, McGill University, 2005-2011. He has published a number of articles on the Arab Spring and instability in the Middle East. He has been a member of the Global South Caucus from its initiation in 2011, serving on the EXCOM as its Middle East representative. He chaired the first GSCIS conference in Menton, France.

Nannette Archer Svenson teaches at Tulane University. She has lived and worked for the past 20 years in Tokyo, Barcelona and Panama. She has experience in the private sector, international development and academia, and currently works as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and various Panamanian public and private entities. She received a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from IESE in Barcelona, and an MS and PhD in International Development from Tulane University. Apart from Tulane, she has taught at Panama’s Catholic University (USMA), the Panamanian Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) and UC Berkeley. She helped found and head Pro Artesana, the leading NGO for Panamanian artisan capacity development and is a member of Panama’s FUDESPA, a private foundation for national economic and social development. She has been a member of the Global South Caucus from its initiation in 2011, serving on the EXCOM as its Latin American representative and afterwards as a Vice-President.

Jason Strakes is currently a Visiting Scholar with the International School for Caucasus Studies at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. He previously served as a Greater Middle East analyst and consultant to U.S. Army and government personnel. His research interests include foreign policy analysis, defense and security policy, Central Eurasia, and the international relations of developing and former Soviet states. He has been heading the GSCIS DEI Initiative since 2011.

Ballot: (Cut and paste into your email and send to

2015 Executive Council Ballot

 Members Only (317 as of 3/26):

We do apologize for the lateness of this ballot: for various work-related reasons we are a little past the deadline of submitting ballots to you within 30 days of the convention.

Thank you to all who have indicated your interest in serving the Global South Caucus.

Note: Even though many of the slots are uncontested, by ISA norms we need 15 percent of members to vote to legitimize the election. So please put your X next to your choices below or, if you do not like a particular choice, please leave the box blank. You can also put in a Write-in candidate. It is important, however, to RETURN THE BALLOT. Return it to the Treasurer at The ballot will also be available online at the website indicated above. 
Please vote by April 20th.

Africa slot:

____ Paul Adogamhe, Nigeria/University of Wisconsin , USA  

____(Write in candidate)

Latin America and Caribbean slot:

____Kevin Funk, University of Florida, USA

____Kristina Hinds Harrison, Cave Hill (Barbados) campus, University of the West Indies

____(Write in candidate)

Middle East slot:

____Serkan Bulut, Turkey/Delaware and CICP, Cambodia

____(Write in candidate)

Developing Eurasia slot:

____ Aigul Kulnazarova , USSR/Kazakhstan/Tama University, Japan

____(Write in candidate)

For the following positions, no other nominations were received by the deadline March 30.

Co-Chair slot:*

____Nanette Svenson, Panama/Tulane University, USA

Vice President:

____ Imad Mansour, Qatar University


____ Mariana Kalil, Brazil

Head, Africa Initiative (request to confirm for one more year):

____ Delidji Eric Degila, Benin/Geneva/Japan

Head, Developing Eurasia Initiative (request to confirm for another year)

____ Jason Strakes, Georgia

*Nominating Committee has reviewed the status of the caucus and advised that there is a need for a transitional period during which the current chair will support the co-chair .

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