ISA 2015 Sapphire Series

Our Sapphire Series brings together featured speakers and roundtables on topics in International Relations. In addition to providing special events at the convention, the Series will also be filmed and listed in our Professional Resource Center for members!

See below to learn about the excited events this year! All events will take place on Friday in the Jefferson Ballroom at the Hilton Riverside.

Roundtable Discussion: Friday, 8:15am, Jefferson Ballroom
Cameron Thies

Cameron G. Thies

Arizona State University
Fred Chernoff

Fred Chernoff

Colgate University
Scott Gates

Scott Gates

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Norwegian University of Science and Technoogy (NTNU)
Kelly Kadera

Kelly M. Kadera

University of Iowa
Laura Sjoberg

Laura Sjoberg

University of Florida
Roundtable Discussion: Friday, 10:30am, Jefferson Ballroom
William R. Thompson

William R. Thompson

Indiana University
Barry Buzan

Barry Buzan

London School of Economics and Political Science
Robert Keohane

Robert Keohane

Princeton University
Kathryn Sikkink

Kathryn Sikkink

Harvard Kennedy School
J. Ann Tickner

J. Ann Tickner

American University
Stephen Walt

Stephen Walt

Harvard University
Speaker Series: Friday, 1:45pm, Jefferson Ballroom
Vicki Golich

Igniting Student Passion for Learning

Vicki Golich Metropolitan State University of Denver
Mary Jane Parmentier

International Studies and the Future of Online Education

Mary Jane Parmentier Arizona State University
James Scott

Developing Student Scholars

James Scott Texas Christian University
Speaker Series: Friday, 4:00pm, Jefferson Ballroom
Martha Crenshaw

Terrorism and the War on Terror

Martha Crenshaw Stanford University
James Goldgeier

The Ukraine Crisis

James Goldgeier American University
Jeremy Youde


Jeremy Youde University of Minnesota, Duluth

2015 Series

Our 2015 Sapphire Series consists of four events taking place in the normal slots throughout the day. The two morning sessions will be moderated roundtables, while the two afternoon sessions will have three individual talks each 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A.

Update from ISA

Many of you have raised concern over ISA’s new Sapphire Series. Please see our post on this topic and feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or comments. 

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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 7 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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