The 2016 ISA West Annual Conference was held at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, CA September 23-24 and was coordinated by region Program Chair Amy Below and President Lui Hebron. Over 150 attendees, representing seven Western states, ten U.S. states outside the region and twelve countries, participated in the two-day conference. Conference organizers were pleased with the increased amount of conference proposals and hope to see equally high numbers for our 2017 conference.
Attendees were welcomed at the Friday evening reception by ISA President T.V. Paul who gave his thought-provoking presidential address entitled “Is Peaceful Accommodation of Rising Powers Possible?” Our Saturday luncheon featured Ole R. Holsti Distinguished Scholar Award recipient Dr. Patrick James (University of Southern California) for his contributions to scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and the West region. His keynote address was entitled “Systems of International Studies.”
The region also continued its tradition of offering the Emerging Scholars Forum professional development program wherein sixteen advanced graduate students and junior faculty were paired with senior scholars in Friday morning panel sessions. ISA West would like to express its gratitude to T.V. Paul, Mark Boyer, William Thompson and Jacek Kulger for their time and mentorship.
The Program Chair would also like to thank regional leadership that assisted with coordination efforts including executive board members Carolyn James, Amy Skonieczny, Veronica Ward, Cameron Thies, Michel Gueldry, Jennifer Rogla, Therese Anders and graduate student volunteers from the University of Southern California. Finally, we would like to thank our sponsors, the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California and the ISA Active Learning in International Affairs Section for their generous contributions.