ISAC-ISSS Annual Conference 2016, Notre Dame, Indiana

May You Live in Interesting Times

November 4th - 6th
Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

Hosted by the International Security Studies Section of ISA and the International Security and Arms Control Section of APSA


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The International Security and Arms Control (division of the American Political Science Association) and International Security Studies Section (division of the International Studies Association) annual joint conference was held at Notre Dame, November 4th through 6th, 2016. Over 170 scholars from around the world attended, including from Europe, Asia, South Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The conference was supported in part by a generous grant from the Notre Dame International Security Center.

Panels and roundtables covered such diverse issues as national and social boundaries, new approaches to constructivism, refugees, historical IR theory, post-humanism, the politics of recognition, conceptual reframings of genocide, network theory and emotion, the politics of gender in the profession, and ethics in warfare. We were especially grateful to a large contingent of scholars who arrived from NUPI in Oslo; we hope to see them again in years to come.

A new innovation for this year was a debate on "Should the United States adopt a grand strategy of restraint?" instead of the usual Saturday keynote address. On the pro side was Eugene Gholz of University of Texas/Austin and the counter was Stephen Brooks from Dartmouth. The Friday keynote was Monica Toft from Oxford University speaking on the future of conflict. Another innovation was a well attended breakout session devoted to WIIS (Women in International Security). The conference ended with a modest surplus. Dan Lindley, ISAC chair, served as conference chair; Danielle Mueller was the program chair, and Jim Lebovic was ISSS chair.

- Dan Lindley, ISAC-ISSS Program Chair, 2016

2016 Program Team

Dan Lindley | Notre Dame University

ISAC and Conference Chair

James Lebovic | George Washington University

ISSS Section Chair

Danielle Mueller | Notre Dame University

Program Chair and WIIS Coordinator

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