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)

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.