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International Security Studies (ISSS)

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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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Check out our updated program. In addition, here are a few upcoming deadlines.
September 17: is the last day to get the room block rate at the Sheraton Monarch Hotel in Springfield. Please reserve your room now.
September 21: is the deadline to reserve a space on the complementary shuttle service from Bradley International Airport to the Sheraton Monarch Hotel. Please notify us by then if you would like to use this service.

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The International Security Studies Section is still accepting nominations for the Patricia Weitsman Graduate Paper Award.  The award recognizes the best graduate student paper on any aspect of security studies.  The award will be given out at the 2016 ISA Conference in Atlanta. The deadline for nominations is October 15, 2015.
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This is a reminder that it is time to register for the ISSS-ISAC conference.  The early registration deadline (with discounted registration fee) of August 31 s fast approaching.  Also, the hotel block is filling up, please make your arrangements via the ISSS-ISAC website as soon as possible.  Lastly, click on this story for more information about dates, travel and local information

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We are excited to announce that we are sponsoring the following two Working Groups at the upcoming ISA 2016 Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia:

  • REL/PEACE Working Group:Religion and Peace: Possibilities, Challenges and Prospects
  • ISSS Working Group: Strategic Foresight & IR for the 21st Century
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Alexander B. Downes, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University, has been named the 2016 recipient of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) Emerging Scholar Award.  This newly created, annual award is meant to recognize scholars under the age of 45, or within fifteen years of receiving their PhD, who are judged to have made (through their body of publications) the most significant contribution to the field of security studies.  
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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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