ISSS-IS West Lafayette 2018: Call for Proposals

We are now accepting paper, panel, and roundtable proposals for the 2018 IS-ISSS Conference, which will be held Nov 9-11, 2018 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

The theme for the 2018 conference is “A Crisis in the Global Order?” Recent years have seen the emergence or acceleration of several processes that potentially threaten the future stability of the institutionalized liberal order created after World War II and expanded after the Cold War. The rise or reemergence of illiberal great powers, widespread backsliding of seemingly stable democracies into authoritarianism, and high-profile failures of global trading and non-proliferation regimes each represent significant challenges to the liberal order. The confluence of all these crises at once potentially represent an existential threat to it.

Can international institutions adapt to accommodate emerging great powers, even illiberal ones? In what ways will the rules and norms of international politics change as a result? What does this mean for the management of pressing issues and disputes around the globe, from the Venezuelan financial crisis, to the Syrian civil war, to the North Korean nuclear crisis?

We are soliciting paper, panel, and roundtable proposals on such topics, and others from across the broad and diverse discipline of security studies, broadly defined. The deadline for these proposals is July 15, 2018. [Update - The submission deadline has been extended to July 22nd.]

Our keynote speaker for the event will be Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Dr. Schake has previously held positions at the Hoover Institution, US Defense Department, US State Department, and National Security Council. In addition to a long list of scholarly and policy publications, her most recent book Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony was published in 2017 by Harvard University Press.

Dr. Schake will be delivering her keynote address on the evening of Saturday, November 10. Her talk, “Has Washington Abandoned the Global Order?” will address key questions related to the conference theme.

The organizing team at Purdue consists of Keith Shimko (Conference Director), Aaron Hoffman and Kyle Haynes (Program Co-Chairs), and Summer Forester (Program Coordinator). You can contact the host team with any questions at:

You can submit proposals through the ISA website. Please be sure to indicate if you are willing to serve as a panel chair or discussant and provide your area of expertise.

NOTE: Registration for this conference is “all inclusive.” All attendees will be provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday (Nov 10), as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday (Nov 11). All attendees are also invited to a reception Friday evening and the keynote address on Saturday evening.

Sorry, the submission period for ISSS-IS 2018 ended July 22nd. For more information, please contact the program chair. Even if you did not submit, anyone is welcome to register and attend the conference.

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