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International Studies Association 58th Annual Conference
Date:February 22nd – 25th, 2017
The 2017 conference is aimed at taking an assessment of our understanding of change, its different manifestations as well as implications. Theoretical and policy relevant papers and panels can be presented on any key aspect as it pertains to the conference research theme. Some key questions include:
- What are different kinds of changes in world politics? The implications might range from epochal transformations to limited changes in the international system – especially within and between – regions to incremental changes in how international treaties and global governance initiatives are promulgated, which in turn produce long-term and/or short-term changes in the architecture of world politics.
- What role does war and violence play in ushering change?
- Is peaceful change, especially at the international system level, possible?
- What are the markers of change? In other words, when and how do we know change is occurring?
- Are power transitions always violent? How do we understand the ongoing power transitions involving the United States, China and others such as Russia, India, Brazil, and other G-20 member states?
- What role does change play in security and political economy, two key IR sub-fields?
- How do different IR paradigms, including critical perspectives, address change? What are their strengths and weaknesses? Can we understand change sequentially or cumulatively (or by combining their insights)? How do material and ideational factors link together in generating change?
- How do scholars and practitioners understand foreign policy change, learning, and adaptation?
- What new and existing methodologies can be brought to bear to understand change?
Free Minds, Free People
Date: July 6-9, 2017
Location: Baltimore, MD
Free Minds, Free People is a national conference convened by the Education for Liberation Network that brings together teachers, young people, researchers, parents and community-based activists/educators from across the country to build a movement to develop and promote education as a tool for liberation.
The Syria Campaign- Break The Silence. Break the Siege
The UN is choosing not to deliver aid to the besieged areas in Syria without the Assad regime’s permission.
This is permission the UN does not even need, since Security Council resolutions 2165, 2191 and 2258 authorise it to deliver aid without the regime’s consent. Unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles are being created as people starve, in some cases just a few minutes away from stockpiled aid. The UN must do its job and send the aid in. If there are security concerns as a result, they should be immediately reported to the Security Council so it can take any further measures necessary to guarantee safe delivery
Discrimination Free Zone Campaign
“We aim to end discrimination against any individuals or groups of people based on race, color, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability through the creation of Discrimination Free Zones throughout the world. These Discrimination Free Zones are always peaceful, and they inform others that discrimination will be offensive to us and that we will not participate in any actions in which such sentiments are included.”
Justice For Families – Family Bill of Rights
The groundbreaking J4F report, Families Unlocking Futures, uncovers crucial flaws in the system that burden, alienate, and exclude families from the treatment of system-involved youth. The Family Bill of Rights aims to correct these flaws and includes five principal rights. J4F is working to move the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to issue guidelines that reflect the Family Bill of Rights.
We in the WAT community insist that shutting down Guantanamo must mean shutting down indefinite detention. We submit the following demands as critical to the effort to “close Guantanamo” once and for all – Please share this with friends as widely as you can.
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