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ISA Global Conversations Series: Ending the Conflict and Violations of Women’s Rights in the Ethiopia-Tigray Civil War

A deadly civil war has been raging in Ethiopia, Africa’s proud capital, historically unbowed to any European colonial power, and the continent’s second most populous nation. This war began in November 2020 in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, between the Tigray Defence Force (TDF) and the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) but has since metastasized within and beyond Ethiopia, with the potential to destabilize the Horn of Africa region. 
While there has been a communication blackout throughout the conflict, it is estimated that over 10,000 have already died, up to 230 in massacres, and about 900,000 refugees and 2.3 million IDPs have been created by the conflict, compounded by an ongoing famine. Grave atrocities are reported to have been committed by both sides in a conflict emanating from a power tussle in which the proverbial grass suffers the most as two elephants slug it out. Genocide, massacres, forced disappearances, attacks on refugee camps, destruction of cultural and religious sites, rape and sexual assault have reportedly been employed as weapons in this trenchant and unabating conflict. Once again, it is women and girls who bear a disproportionate burden of the atrocities of war and conflict, as both sides target them, and they are displaced, killed, raped, abducted, and denied humanitarian aid and assistance. The world looks on, and the African Union seems incapable of meaningful intervention to stop the carnage.

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Announcing the Incoming 2022-2027 International Political Sociology (IPS) Editorial Team

We’re pleased to announce the incoming 2022-2027 Editorial Team of International Political Sociology, to begin January 1, 2022. As incoming editors, we’re excited to continue the publishing tradition of IPS as the premier venue in international studies for research focused on connections between the international, political and sociological, and how they contribute to power and contestation across socio-political formations. We look forward to continuing the advancement of standards of conceptual, methodological, and rhetorical rigor in international political sociology and the discipline of international studies more generally; to deepening the professional development of colleagues across career stages in international political sociology whether as editors, peer reviewers, or researchers; and contributing to the promotion of equality, diversity, and inclusion within the field by embedding these principles into what we do and how we do it. We welcome an incredible team with the experience, standing, and drive to deliver this vision. 



IPSA and ISA Formalize their Cooperation

We are pleased to announce that the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the International Studies Association (ISA) have signed an agreement to enhance their academic cooperation. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has recently been signed by both associations and was announced at IPSA’s Pre-APSA Annual Meeting Workshop, The Importance of Developing Ties between Political Science Associations, by IPSA President Dianne Pinderhughes and ISA President Kristian Skrede Gleditsch on 27 September 2021.



ISA Global Conversations Series: Women and Girls’ Security, Agency and Rights Beyond the Current Afghan Crisis

Recent events in Afghanistan have left the world shocked, saddened and enraged as two decades of western and US interventions came to an end. In the wake of the military departure, the fundamentalist insurgent group, the Taliban, rapidly took control of key urban territories of the country and assumed overall governance of the state. The Taliban takeover in the remnants of decades of international interventions has dire consequences for all Afghan citizens, including growing threats against journalists, scholars, politicians, civil society leaders, human rights defenders and Afghans who supported US and allied efforts over the past two decades. 

Afghan women have histories and presents of agency, dignity and ongoing resistance both to the Taliban and to gendered violences committed during the course of the conflict. A resurgence of Taliban control has intensified the potential for violence and oppression of women and girls. Whereas all Afghans face the potential imposition of restrictive and repressive religious codes and civil laws on their everyday lives, it is certain that these policies will be heavily gendered, with greater consequences for women and girls, for whom their gender, ethnicity, class, political opinion, education, profession, and other identity markers pose additional intersectional threats. In this context, they also are subjects of conflicting local and global normative and institutional structures whose tension heightens the stakes for their survival.

As a leading global forum for international studies scholars from multiple disciplinary fields, FTGS and ISA are partnering with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security to convene this roundtable on the gendered dynamics and impacts of the current situation in Afghanistan. This discussion will serve as an avenue for critical analysis of the above concerns from a diversity of scholarly, policy and political perspectives, with the goal of identifying entry points for concerted action.



ISA Global Conversations Series: ISSS Virtual Roundtable Discussion on Intervention in Afghanistan post-911 and U.S. National Security Policy

With the departure of the last U.S. soldier in Afghanistan (commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, Major General Chris Donahue) and Ambassador to Afghanistan Ross Wilson on a C-17 transport plane leaving Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 30th, the United States was forced to acknowledge its failure in Afghanistan. This roundtable discussion will address the drivers and dynamics of the US defense establishment’s 20-year campaign, and the implications of its intervention for U.S. national security policy and beyond. This roundtable will feature leading experts on international security, U.S. national security policy and section members. This is the first in a series of panels to be hosted by ISSS on this theme.



ISA Nominating Committee Report 2022

After careful review of the nominees and deliberations, the ISA Nominating Committee agreed on a slate of candidates for the positions of President, Vice President, and At-Large Representative on the Governing Council. 


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