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International Security Studies (ISSS)

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I hope you can attend our annual joint conference.  The deadline to submit your proposals is now extended untilAugust 25th, so send them in as fast as you can.

Highlights included a WIIS reception, WIIS mentoring and other WIIS opportunities.  And one of our keynotes will be a debate!  Details below.

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The International Studies Association is proud to announce that Barry R. Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been named the 2017 recipient of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) Distinguished Scholar Award.
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The ISSS is inaugurating its annual Best Security Article Award.  The award is meant to recognize an article by an ISA member on any aspect of security studies that excels in originality, significance, and rigor, published in the prior calendar year (this year, that would be 2015). 
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Each year since 2004 (and once before that) the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association has recognized a Distinguished Scholar in International Security Studies with an awardI write now as co-chair, along with Martha Crenshaw, of this year's committee to solicit nominations for two awards – the Distinguished Scholar Award and our newer Emerging Scholar Award.  
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The process for uploading your paper can be found directly through the conference web site.  After logging in, you will find the option to upload your paper using the “See Your Schedule” tab. Please note that the site is only able to accept PDF files and all files must be smaller than 10mb. 

We encourage you to contact your fellow panelists and either email them a copy of the paper directly, or tell them when you have uploaded it to the archive. To contact your panel, go to the panel details in the online program, or click on the item in your schedule. There, you will see an "Email Participants" option that will create a comma-separated list of the email addresses of participants on your panel.

To access papers uploaded to the archive, simply browse the online program.  When you find a paper you're interested in, click the [+] icon and then "Full Details" to bring up its full profile. For presentations with a paper in the archive, you will see the option to "Download" the paper with a "PDF" icon. If a paper has not yet been uploaded, it will say "(No Paper Uploaded)".
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Fall is in the air here in Western Massachusetts and the leaves are just starting to turn.  Things should look spectacular in a few weeks.  We look forward to seeing you in Springfield, MA in two weeks!  It is now time to get your paper(s) to the discussant and chair so that they can prepare their comments for the panel sessions.  Please email your paper to your co-panelists (especially the discussant) at least one week before the panel (meaning by next Thursday, October 1.  We have also arranged a paper archive for this conference, and we ask that you upload your paper to that site as soon as possible. 

Panel chairs are in charge of setting the rules of engagement for the panels, and they should be in touch with panelists in the near future; the standard practice is for each paper presenter to speak for about 12 minutes followed by the discussants’ comments and Q&A, but panel chairs may deviate from that as seems appropriate based on the number of papers on the panel and other factors at their discretion.  

PLEASE NOTE:  The Springfield Sheraton will provide projectors in every panel room but not computers.  If you plan to bring a presentation, please coordinate with your co-panelists, discussants, and chairs to ensure that at least one member of the panel brings a laptop to the session.

On Thursday, October 8 from 5:30 to 7:00pm we will hold an opening reception and exhibit followed by a talk by award winning photojournalist, Pete Muller.  Pete is based in Nairobi, Kenya and we will be featuring an exhibit of his photographs from his current project titled "Masculinity and Conflict."  At 6:00pm he will give a short talk on his work followed by a Q&A.  Pete Muller's work is routinely featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Geographic.

On Friday, October 9, from 6:30 - 8:30pm we will hold a plenary dinner and keynote address.  Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Adviser to the Vice President will deliver a speech titled "Balancing and Rebalancing American Foreign Policy in a Complex World."

In addition, we are planning to provide a showing of The UN:  Last Station Before Hell -- a documentary film followed by a talk-back by Professor Lise Morje Howard of Georgetown University.  She has been advising on the project.  We will provide information on the time and location.

Finally, on Friday from 5:00pm to 6:30pm immediately following the conclusion of the panels on Friday, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Center for Terrorism and Security Studies will be hosting a reception at the Sheraton Hotel.

Please note, we've reshuffled the program somewhat to deal with withdrawals. Make sure you double check your schedule and let me know if there are any problems.
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The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 6 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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