CIPSS Fall 2021 Speaker Series

CIPSS Fall 2020 Speaker Series




CIPSS Winter 2020 Speaker Series



CIPSS Fall 2019 Speaker Series


Europe: The World of Yesterday?

Friday March 22, 2019

Hôtel Monville, Montréal, March 22-23, 2019


8:15-9:00. Breakfast

9:00-9:30. Introductory remarks, John A. Hall

9:30-12:00. The Question of Identity

Juan Diez Medrano, European Identity? So Little to Know!

Nora El Qadim, Bordering Europe : A Quest for European Identity

Agnieszka Pasieka, Europe : A World of Tomorrow?

12:00-13:30. Lunch

13:30-16:00. Economic Travails

Matthias Matthijs, The European Caging of the Nation-state : EU Technocrats vs National Democracy in European Integration

Juliet Johnson, European Financial Nationalism, Past and Present

Francesco Duina, Finding Oneself : the EU and the Existential Potential of Trade

16:00-16:30. Coffee break with pastries

19:00. Dinner at Le Sain Bol (5095, rue Fabre)

Québec Undergraduate Security Conference

February 2nd, 2019

9:0 – 9:315 Opening Address

Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé, Associate Professor (Bishop’s University)

9:05-10:25: The New Security Agenda of the United Nations
Alexia Lemieux

Charles Racine

Matthew Rainsford

Salvatore Esquilbel

Chaired by: Lou Pingeot, PhD Candidate (McGill University)

10:25-10:40: Tea Break

10:40 – 12:00: Geopolitical Decline and International Institutions
Selina Perazelli
Anthony Martin
Garima Karia & Pauline Warmer
Ethan Pohl
Chair: Théodore McLauchlin, Associate Professor (UdeM)

12:00 – 14:45: Lunch

14:30 – 16:00: Institutions and the Accommodation of Rising Powers
Jonas Viles
Valérie Piché
Marta Matuzonyte
Paul Antoine Lepage
Chair: Vincent Pouliot, Professor (McGill University)

15:05 – 15:20: Tea Break

16:15 – 17:15: Challenges to Regional Institutions Architecture
Elizabeth Paul
Aicha Madi
Mark Siraut
Chair: Jennifer Welsh, Professor (McGill)

17:15 – 19:15: Cocktail.


CIPSS Winter 2019 Speaker Series


Book Launch: T.V. Paul’s Restraining Great Powers: Soft Balancing from Empires to the Global Era McGill Book Launch

McGill University – Department of Political Science

Co-sponsored by

The Project on International Security in the Globalization Era (ISGE)

Canadian International Council (Montreal Branch)


Yale University Press, 2018



Paragraphe Bookstore

2220 McGill College Avenue, Montreal, QC H3A 3P9

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5-7 pm


This book examines the use of international institutions, informal alignments and economic instruments to constrain the power and threatening behavior of dominant powers. Much of International Relations scholarship fails to capture the use of these non-military instruments for constraining superior power. The book expands and tests soft balancing arguments to historical eras (such as the Concert of Europe, and the League of Nations during the interwar period) and the emerging/resurging powers, China and Russia while responding to criticisms aired against the concept and strategy. It seeks to explore: under what conditions do states resort to soft balancing (relying on institutional and economic instruments) as opposed to hard balancing (relying on formal military alliances and intense arms buildups)? When do they combine both? What are the differences and similarities between the 20th and 21st century cases of soft balancing? When do soft balancing efforts elicit hostile reactions and when do they produce positive results? Finally, what are the implications of soft balancing for the rise of new great powers and the international order, especially conflict and cooperation among them in the 21st century’s globalized world?


“Both critics and proponents of the role of the balance of power in international politics treat it as depending on military instruments. The signal accomplishment of T. V. Paul’s book is to show that there is a much larger set of tools that states can employ to restrain troublemakers.” — Robert Jervis, author of How Statesmen Think

“In this sophisticated and sweeping historical survey, T.V. Paul shows how modern states have pursued various types of balancing behavior—short of war—to constrain potential hegemonic powers. Restraining Great Powers is a tour de force that should be carefully read and reflected on by scholars and practitioners alike.“ — David Shambaugh, George Washington University

“This is a magnificent contribution to our understanding of strategic balancing in its empirical diversity.” — Ashley J. Tellis, Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

“T.V Paul is on the leading edge of research on the global power shift. This book is a significant advance on our understanding of how great power dynamics can be tamed in the 21st century.“ — Amitav Acharya, author of Constructing Global Order

Guest Speakers:

Antonia Maioni, Dean, Faculty of Arts, McGill University

Juliet Johnson, Chair, Department of Political Science, McGill University

Jennifer Welsh, Canada 150 Chair, Department of Political Science, McGill University

John A. Hall, James McGill Professor of Sociology, McGill University

Philip Oxhorn, Associate Provost (Academic),  McGill University

Marie Lamensh, Chair, CIC Montreal Branch


CIPSS Fall 2018 Speaker Series

Québec Undergraduate Security Conference

February 24th, 2018
Room 530-1-1, Salle Michel Fortmann, 3744 Jean-Brilliant, UdeM

9:15 – 9:30: Welcome

9:30-10:45: Panel 1
David Marrack (Bishop’s University)
Jeanne Mayrand-Thibert ( McGill University)
Mark Siraut (McGill University)
Chair and Discussant: Vincent Pouliot, professor (McGill University)

10:45-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30: Panel 2
Toshrina Ameikha Ramsaguar (Bishop’s University)
Emilie Macfie (McGill University)
Olivier Bergeron-Boutin (McGill University)
Chair and Discussant: Jean-Francois Bélanger, Doctoral Candidate (McGill University)

12:30 – 14:30: Lunch

14:30 – 16:00: Panel 3
Jemima Kalemba (Université de Sherbrooke)
Khando Langri (McGill University)
Chair and Discussant: Frédéric Mérand, professor (UdeM)

16:00 – 16:15: Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:15: Panel 4
Alexandre Gosselin (Université de Sherbrooke)
Caroline Dufour (Bishop’s UIniversity)
Chair and Discussant: Marie-Joelle Zahar, professor (UdeM)

17:15 – 19:15: Cocktail.


CIPSS Speaker Series Winter 2018

Friday January 12, 2018, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
Public Good Provision and the Climate Change Regime – Joshua Busby (Texas at Austin)

Friday January 19, 2018, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
Contingent Advantage? Sovereign Borrowing, Democratic Institutions and Global Capital Cycles – Layna Mosley (North Carolina)

Friday February 2, 2018, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
Transnational Im/mobilities: Mapping Clandestine Globalization and Fragmentation of the Nation-State from Central America to the US – Noelle Bridgen (Marquette)
Friday February 16, 2018, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
WIPs Session: Competitive Integration in Europe in the Cold War – Lorenz Lüthi, Discussant TBC

Friday February 23, 2018, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
Permeation of Global Governance by Pressure Groups – Tana Johnson (Duke)

Friday February 26, 2018, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
From Parchment to Barriers: How Constitutional Rights make a Difference – Mila Versteeg (Virginia)

Friday March 16, 2018, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
WIPs Session: Ethnic Rivalry or Citizen Solidarity? Implicit Bias, Social Desirability, and Policy Preferences during the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict – Aaron Erlich, Discussant: Lee Seymour (UdeM).

Friday April 9, 2018, New Chancellor Day Hall, Room 16, 12-1.30pm
Roundtable on Catherine Lu’s “Justice and Reconciliation in World Politics” – Catherine Lu, Vincent Pouliot, Arash Abizadeh, Pablo Gilabert (Concordia), Ryoa Chung (UdeM)
Friday April 13, 2018, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
Occupations and the Political Economy of Trade – Erica Owen (Texas A&M)


Events 2017

Workshop: International Institutions and Power Politics

December 1st, 2017
Room 160, Faculty of Arts, McGill University

9:00-10:00: Panel 1
“Exploring Power Politics and International Institutions.” Anders Wivel (University of Copenhagen) and T.V. Paul (McGill University),
Discussant: Krzysztof Pelc (McGill University)

10:00-10:15: Coffee Break

10:15-12:00: Panel 2
“The Political Economy of International Institutions.” Ben Rosamond (University of Copenhagen),
‘Liberalism, Power, and International Institutions’ Georg Sorenson (Aarhus University),
Discussants:  Mark Brawley (McGill University) 

12:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00: Panel 3
 “Variable Geometry: Power and Institutions in the European Union.” Frederic Merand (UdeM) and John Hall (McGill University)
Discussant: Fernando Nunez-Mietz (McGill University) 

3:00-3:15: Tea Break

3:15-4:15: Panel 4
“The Power Politics of UN Peacekeeping.” Vincent Pouliot (McGill University), Sarah-Myriam (Bishop University) and Lou Pingeot (McGill University),
Discussant: Hamish Van der ven (McGill University)

4:15-5:15: Panel 5
“Revisionist, Networks, and the Liberal International Order,” Stacie Goddard (Wellesley College) to be presented by Han Arc
Discussant: Erik Kuhonta (McGill University)

5:15-6:00 General discussion

This workshop is sponsored by the FRQSC funded Project on: International Security in the Globalization Era.  For more see:

October 9, 2017: Lancement du livre de Pierre Grosser au Cerium. 17:30. Plus de détails ici

Ce livre lève le voile sur le rôle décisif – et totalement méconnu – qu’a joué l’Asie dès 1900 sur la scène du monde.

Sait-on ainsi que la victoire du Japon face à la Russie en 1905 a été déterminante pour le jeu des alliances qui entraîna la Première Guerre mondiale ? Ou encore que c’est en Mandchourie, dès les années 1920, que s’est mise en marche la Seconde Guerre mondiale ? Que la guerre froide est née en Asie en 1945, et que c’est également là que s’est recomposé l’ordre international, à la fin des années 1970 ?

S’appuyant notamment sur les travaux d’historiens chinois, japonais ou coréens, Pierre Grosser montre que le Royaume-Uni, la Russie et les États-Unis étaient – et sont encore – des puissances asiatiques.


CIPSS Speaker Series Fall 2017

Friday September 14, 2017, Leacock 429, 4.15pm-5.45pm
Reverberations in Political Order – Jeff Colgan (Brown)
Organized jointly with Jean Monnet Centre

Friday September 22, 2017, Thompson House Ballroom, 12-1.30pm
Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century – Kathryn Sikkink (Harvard)

Friday September 25, 2017, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
WIP Session – Why Germany Cannot do Grand Strategy: Memory and the Societal Bases for War – Thierry Balzacq
Discussant: Fernando Nunez-Nietz

Friday October 12, 2017, Leacock 429, 4.15pm-5.45pm
Text-as-data Analysis of Preferential Trade Agreements – Wolfgang Alschner (Ottawa)
Co-organized with Centre Jean Monnet

Friday October 13, 2017, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
Human Rights Treaty Obligations and State Commitment – Wayne Sandholtz (USC)

Friday October 27, 2017, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
War’s Crucible: How Conflict Shapes Democracy – Ron Krebs (Minnesota)

Friday November 3, 2017, Leacock 429,  12-1.30pm
 The Shadow of Bretton Woods’ Future – Kate Weaver (Texas-Austin)

Friday November 6, 2017, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
Ethnic Politics and Economic Policy: Theory and Evidence from India – Nikhar Gaikwad (Columbia)

Friday November 10, 2017, Leacock 429, 12-1.30pm
From Multilateralism to Voluntarism in World Politics: The Remaking of the United Nations System – Erin Graham (Drexel University)

2016 Events

The Himalayan Contest:  Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Globalization Era

Workshop for an Edited Volume
Hilton Garden Inn, 380 Sherbrooke St. W; Montreal H3A 0B1
Charles de Bluery Room (11th Floor)
Saturday, October 8, 2016

8:00-8:30: Breakfast

8:30-10-15: Panel 1:  Sources of Competition I
Theories on Rivalry and the Sino-Indian Conflict: T.V. Paul
Territory: Mahesh Shankar, Skidmore College
Resources: Calvin Chen, Mount Holyoke College
Water: Selina Ho, National University of Singapore
Discussant: Paul Diehl, University of Texas; Vincent Pouliot, McGill

10:15-10:30: Coffee Break

10:30-12:30: Panel II: Sources of Competition II
Status: Xiaou Pu, University of Nevada
Conceptions of Regional and Global Order: Manjari Miller, Boston University
Balance of Power- Triangular; Rectangular: Michael Glosny, NPS
Discussant: Mahesh Shankar, Skidmore College; Lorenz Luthi (McGill)

12:30-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:00: Panel III: Strategies
Strategic Culture: Andrew Scobell, RAND
Deterrence: Vipin Narang, MIT
Discussant:, Michael Glosny, NPS

15:00-15:15: Tea Break

15:15-16:30: Panel IV: Mitigating Factors
Globalization: Shalendra D Sharma, University of San Francisco
Trade and Investment: Matthew Castle, McGill University
Global Governance and Institutions, Feng Liu,  Nankai University
Discussant: Calvin Chen; Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brule (Bishops)

 16:30-18:00: Concluding Panel: Paul Diehl, University of Texas

18:00-19:30: Reception

Sunday, October 9, 2016: 8:00-9:30 am
Breakfast meeting of paper contributors



Nationalism in Rising Powers – Workshop Program

Montreal, May 9, 2015

Charles de Bleury Room, Hilton Garden Inn

8.15-8.45 Continental Breakfast


John A. Hall: Introduction


The Era of World Wars


‘Official and Unofficial Nationalisms in Imperial Germany’s Leap to War in 1914’ Isabel Hull:

 ‘Rising Power in Miniature: Balkan Wars and Serbian Nationalism’ Sinisa Malesevic:

Discussant: Helmut Smith

11.15-11.30 Coffee


‘Nationalism as Internationalism in 1940s Japan’ Jeremy Yellen

Discussant Krishan Kumar

12.30-1.30 Lunch


The Past and the Present


“Power Transitions” and the Perception of Threat: Nationalism. “China’s Rise”, and the Future of US-China   Relations” Peter Gries

“Authoritarian Audiences in International Crises: A Real-History Survey-Experiment in China” Jessica Chen Weiss:

Discussant: Lorenz Luthi


 ‘How nationalism helps internal balancing but hurts external balancing: the case of East Asia’  Zoltan Buzas

Discussant: Benny Miller

3.45-4.00 Tea


“India Rising: Nationalism and Status in World Politics’ Khavita Khory

Discussant: T.V. Paul



William Wohlforth


Decline Management and Power Transitions Workshop

31 January 2015

Hotel 1010, rue Sherbrooke O., Montréal

By invitation only


9:00-10:30. IR, Sociological, and Cultural Perspectives on Decline Management

Frédéric Mérand (Political Science, Montréal) – Decline in International Relations

John Hall (Sociology, McGill) – Decline in Historical Sociology

Jonathan Sachs (English, Concordia) – Decline Management as a Cultural Practice

Discussant : Pierre Martin (Political Science, Montréal)

11:00-12:45. Global Historical Cases

Cecily Hilsdale (Art History, McGill) – Culture and Decline in late Byzantium

Prerna Singh (Government, Harvard) – Development and Decline in South Asia

Nancy Turgeon (Global Studies, Sussex) – Late Imperial China Coping with Geopolitical Decline: 19th Century Reforms following Western Involvement in East Asia

Discussant : Olivier Schmitt (Political Science, Montréal, McGill)


14:00-15:15. The Decline of Europe

Frédérick-Guillaume Dufour (Sociology, UQAM) – Weber and the Colonial Temptations of the German Historical School

Xavier Lafrance (Political Science, UQAM) – Coping with Decline in Nineteenth-Century France: Analyzing the Elites’ Solutions

Discussant : Antoine Rayroux (Political Science, Montréal)

15:45-17:00. The Decline of the West

Julian Go (Sociology, Boston) – Decline and Colonial Legacies

Richard Lachmann (Sociology, SUNY) – British and US reactions to military defeats

Discussant : Joshua Shifrinson (Government, Texas A&M)

17:00-18:00. Wrap up and book project

19:30. Dinner.


This workshop is sponsored by the McGill/Université de Montréal Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS; and is funded by the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC)—project on ‘Globalization and the Changing National Security State’ (see


CIPSS Speaker Series Fall 2015

Friday September 25, 2015. Leacock 232, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Private Military and Security Services in Today’s Global Governance – Deborah Avant (University of Denver)

Monday September 28, 2015, Leacock 429, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Greece and the EU: Understanding the Present, Anticipating the Future – Panayotis Tsakonas (University of Aegean)

Friday October 2, 2015, Leacock 429, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Multilateral Treaty-Making as Constitutive Practice – Matthew Hoffmann (University of Toronto)

Friday October 16, 2015, Leacock 429, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Territorial Conflict in the Digital Age: Mapping Technologies and Negotiation – Jordan Branch (Brown University)

Friday October 23, 2015, Leacock 429, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Rape During Civil War – Dara Cohen (Harvard University)

Friday November 13, 2015, Leacock 429, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Terrorism at 6:00: Effects of Prolonged Exposure – Aaron Hoffman (Purdue University)

Friday November 28, 2015, Leacock 429, 11:30am – 1:00pm
What Counts as Policy Failure? Contested Metrics After the 2008 Global Financial Crisis – Jacqueline Best (University of Ottawa)


2014 Speaker Series – UdeM

Roland Paris, Ottawa, 15 avril 2014, Anti-Diplomacy: The Foreign Policy of Stephen Harper

Joe Clark, 11 septembre: Agir de concert: le Canada dans un monde en mouvement.

Eric Helleiner (Waterloo), 9 octobre 2014, The Status Quo Crisis: Global Financial Governance after the 2008 meltdown

Lene Hansen (Copenhague): Visual Securitization: Taking Security Studies from the Word to the Image, jeudi 6 novembre 2014, 16h

Michael Doyle (Columbia): The Responsibility to Protect, jeu 19 février 2015, 16h

Stéphane Roussel, ENAP, « La dimension idéologique de la politique étrangère canadienne », 31 mars 2015



September 12: Roundtable on Challenges Facing Pakistan
Husain Haqqani (Boston University) author of:

Magnificient Delusions: Pakistan, The United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding 

And Aqil Shah author of: 
The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan

Moderated by T.V. Paul, Author of
 The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World
Leacock 232: 12:00-1:30pm ***

September 12: C. Uday Bhaskar (Society for Policy Studies, New Delhi)
Ripe for Rivalry or Cooperation? The Indian Ocean in the 21st Century
Arts 160: 3:30-5:00pm

September 19: Zoltan Buzas (Drexel University)
Nationalism and Balancing: Lessons from East Asia

September 26: Adam Stulberg (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Energy Security Dilemmas 

October 3: Shibashis Chatterjee (Jadavpur University, Kolkata)
South Asia as a Region: Contesting Images and Possibilities

October 10: Viping Narang (MIT)
Strategies of Proliferation 

October 17: Ove Korsgaard (Aarhus University, Denmark)
A New European Order? Similarities and Differences Between 1864 and 2014

October 24: Thomas Blom Hansen (Stanford University)
The Afterlife of the Two Nation Theory: India’s Rise and the Muslim Minority 

October 31: Norrin Ripsman (Concordia University)
Neoclassical Realism: A Research Agenda 

November 7: Arthur Stein (UCLA)
Recurring Crises and the Origins of War

November 7: Rawi Abdelal (Harvard University)
Russia, Europe, and the Gas Revolution: Firms and Geopolitics in the Age of Shale
In Collaboration with the European Union Center for Excellence:

Leacock 808: 2:45-4:15pm

November 21: Tai Ming Cheung (UCSD)
China’s Emergence as a Military Technological Power: How Innovative?

*** In Collaboration with the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) and the Canadian International Council (CIC), Montreal Branch

All talks are in Leacock Building Room 429 from 12:00-1:30pm unless indicated otherwise




Workshop Program
Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown
Montreal, Saturday, November 2, 2013
Room Charles de Bleury (11th Floor)

8:00-8:20: Continental Breakfast

8:20-10:00 am: Panel I: Mechanisms of Accommodation I
International Relations Theory and the Accommodation of Rising Powers: T.V. Paul
Examining the Dynamic Theories of International Politics (Charles Doran, John Hopkins)
Balance of Power/Realism (Steven Lobell, Utah)
Discussants: Miles Kahler (UCSD)

Coffee Break: 10:00-10:15 AM

10:15-11:45 am: Panel II: Mechanisms of Accommodation II
Globalization, Interdependence, and Major Power Accommodation. (Philip Potter, Michigan)
What Would E.H. Carr Say? How International Institutions Address Peaceful Political Change (Krzysztof Pelc, McGill University)
Accommodating Ideas (Mlada Bukovansky, Smith College)
Discussants: Frederic Merand (UdM), James Der Derian (University of Sydney)

11:45-1:00: Panel III: Successful Cases
Seizing the Day or Passing the Baton? Power, Illusion and Empire (John A. Hall and Ali Zeren, McGill)
Rising Powers: China (Lorenz Luthi, McGill)
Discussant: Mark Brawley (McGill)
1:00-2:00: Lunch Break

2:00-3:15: Panel IV: Failed Cases
Case Studies in Accommodation and Containment: Great Britain and Germany Prior to the Two World Wars (Norrin Ripsman, Concordia)
.Allies versus Japan (Jeff Taliaferro, Tufts)
Discussant: Theodore McLauchlin (UdM)

3:15-3:30: Tea Break

3:30-5:00 Panel V: Current Cases
China’s Bargaining Strategies for a Peaceful Accommodation after the Cold War (Kai He, Utah State)
A Reluctant Global Power? Global Linkages and New Domestic Imperatives in India (Aseema Sinha, Claremont-McKenna College)
Brazil as a Revisionist Status Quo Power? (David Mares, UC San Diego)
Time to Get Out of the Cold? The Peaceful Accommodation of a Resurgent Russia (Nicola Contessi, McGill)
Discussants: Vincent Pouliot (McGill)

5:00-6:00 Concluding Panel: Is Peaceful Status Accommodation Possible?

6:00-7:00: Reception, Room Charles de Bleury


Sunday: November 2, 2013: 8:00-10:00 AM:
Contributor’s Breakfast Meeting, Room President Kennedy (Ist Floor)


This workshop is sponsored by the McGill/Université de Montréal Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS; and is funded by the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC)—project on ‘Globalization and the Changing National Security State’ (see


Fall 2013 CIPSS Speaker Series

September 20: Global Governance and International Paternalism – Michael Barnett (George Washington University)
Thompson House Ballroom: 11:30 – 1:00pm 

October 11: Neoclassical Realism, Policy Drift, and Indian Foreign Policy – Rajesh Basrur (Nanyang Technological University)
Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM

October 25: China Goes Global: The Partial Power – David Shambaugh (George Washington University)
Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM

November 1: A Reordered World? Emerging Economies and Global Governance – Miles Kahler (University of California – San Diego)
Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM

November 13: Travels in Quantum Realities: Berlin, Sydney, Montreal – James Der Derian (University of Sydney)
Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM

November 22: Atomic Aversion: Experimental Evidence on Taboos, Traditions, and the Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons – Scott Sagan (Stanford University)
Leacock 429: 11:30 – 1:00pm


Winter 2013 CIPSS Speaker Series

January 18, Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM
Positivism in Global Policy Interventions: Reflections on Paradoxes in Delivery of Democracy Support – Milja Kurki (Aberystwyth University)

January 25, Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM
The Tragedy of Canadian Diplomacy: Reflections on the Writing of Canadian International History – David Meren (Université de Montréal)

February 14, Leacock 429: 1:30-3PM
The Trilemma and Trade Policy: Exchange Rates, Financial Openness, and WTO Disputes – Mark Copelovitch (University of Wisconsin

March 15, Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM
The Strategic Logic of Nuclear Proliferation – Alexandre Debs (Yale University)

March 22, Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM
Limited Constraints: Veto Players and the Effects of International Human Rights Agreements – Yonatan Lupu (George Washington University)

March 28, Leacock 429: 1:30-3PM
Choose your Weapons: The Global Politics of the F-35 – Srdjan Vucetic (University of Ottawa

April 11, Leacock 429, 1:30-3PM

The Best of Frenemies: Toward a Neoclassical Realist Theory of US Alliance Politics – Jeffrey Taliaferro (Tufts University)

April 12, Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM
Civilianizing Wars of Decolonization: From the Battle of Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu (1946-1954) – Christopher Goscha (Université du Québec à Montréal)



Fall 2012 CIPSS Speaker Series

September 28, Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM 
Human Rights, Democracy, and International Conflict – Jessica Weeks (Cornell University)

October 5, Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM 
The Transformation of Peacekeeping Operations into Civilian Protection Operations – Frédéric Mégret (McGill University) 

October 19, Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM 
The Price of Influence: Geopolitics and Human Rights in Central Asia – Alexander Cooley (Columbia University) 

November 9, Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM 
The Value and Values of Diplomacy: Moral Psychology and the Pursuit of Security in 1920s Europe – Brian Rathbun (University of Southern California)

November 16, Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM 
Can We Adapt to Climate Change in the Canadian Arctic? – James Ford (McGill University)

November 23, Leacock 429: 11:30 – 1:00pm 
International Interventionism, Institutional Reform, and Order Maintenance – A View from the Trenches, Greece 1821-2012 – Tassos Anastassiadis (McGill University)

November 30, Leacock 429: 11:30-1:00PM  
Revisiting Second Image Reversed – Lessons from Turkey and Thailand – Ayse Zarakol (University of Cambridge)



Winter 2011 CIPSS Workshop on International Security & Political Economy

January 14: Joint Operation Task Force in Afghanistan –  Lt. Col. Simon Bernard (Canadian Forces)

February 9: Nationalisms and War – John Hall (McGill University)

February 11: The Canadian Arctic and Canadian Arctic Security –  Marc-Antoine Dumas (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

February 18: Border Security and its Impact on Canada/U.S. Relations – Theresa Cardinal Brown (United States Department of Homeland Security)

March 10: The Paradox of Sino-Indian Relations: Strategic Rivalry and Burgeoning Trade – Vidya Nadkarni (University of San Diego)

March 21: Chinese Economic Statecraft: Security Implications –  William J. Norris (Princeton University), 

March 24: War-Torn Societies and External Interventions: A Fieldwork Conversation – Severine Autesserre (Columbia University) and Myriam Denov (McGill),


Fall 2010 CIPSS Workshop on International Security & Political Economy

September 17: How Much is Enough? Testing Theories of Nuclear Deterrence – Daryl Press (Dartmouth College)

September 24: Optimists, Pessimists or Skeptics: Explaining Variations in Post-Cold War International and Regional Security –  Benjamin Miller (University of Haifa)

October 1: Where Mistakes were Made: The Politics and Psychology of Blame for Iraq” and “Doing Qualitative Methods (Special Seminar) – Andrew Bennett (Georgetown University)

October 8: Juggling the New Triad–Energy, Environment and Security: A Case Study of the Canadian Oil Sands – Hendrik Spruyt (Northwestern University) 

October 13: The Financial Crisis, “New” Industrial Policy, and the Bite of Multilateral Trade Rules –  Vinod Aggarwal (UC Berkeley)

October 25: Status and Rising Powers: Applying the Social Identity Theory – Deborah Larson (UCLA)

October 29: Rational Theory of International Politics – Charles Glaser (George Washington University)

November 5: How to (and How Not to) Make a Constructivist Contribution in International Security – Craig Parsons (University of Oregon)

November 12: Unipolarity: The Future of an Overvalued Concept – Jeffrey Legro (University of Virginia)

November 19: The Politics of Security: Securitization, Power, and Practice – Michael Williams (University of Ottawa)


Workshop: When Regions Transform: Theory and Change in World Politics

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Hilton Garden Inn

380 Sherbrooke St W – Montreal


Session I: 8:15-9:30am

T.V. Paul (McGill University), “IR Theories and Regional Transformation”

Barry Buzan (LSE), “How Regions Were Made, and the Legacies of that Process for World Politics”

Discussant: Norrin Ripsman (Concordia)

Session 2: 9:30-10-45am – Realist Perspectives

Dale Copeland   (University of Virginia), “Realism and Neorealism in the Study of Regional Conflict”

Jeff Taliaferro (Tufts University)  (Presented by Zhiming Chen),“Neoclassical Realism and Regional Orders”

Discussant: Stefanie von Hlatky (Georgetown)

Session 3: 11:00am-12:30pm – Liberal Perspectives

John M. Owen (University of Virginia), “Economic Interdependence and Regional Peace”

Frederic Merand (UdeM) and Stephanie Hoffman (Graduate Institute, Geneva), “Regional Instittuions a la Carte: Mechanism of Variable Geometry in Europe”

John R. Oneal (University of Alabama), “Transforming Regional Security Thorough Liberal Reforms”

Discussant: Peter Jones (University of Ottawa)

Session 4: 2:00-3:15pm –  Constructivist Perspectives

Amitav Acharya  (American University), “Ideas, Norms and Regional Orders”

Vincent Pouliot (McGill University), “A Practice Theory of Regional Transformation”

Discussant: Michael Lipson (Concordia University)

Session 5: 3:30-4:45pm – Eclectic Perspectives

John A. Hall (McGill University), “Europe: Banalities of Success” 

Norrin Ripsman (Concordia University), “Why Regional Peacemaking Begins with States and not Societies” 

Discussant: Vincent Pouliot (McGill University)


Roundtable: Is the European Model Replicable in Other Regions? 

McGill University

Friday, April 30, 2010


Chaired  by by  T.V. Paul (McGill) – With:

John A. Hall (McGill)                                 

Amitav Acharya (American University)

John Owen  (University of Virginia)                        

Peter Jones  (University of Ottawa)

Dale Copeland  (University of Virginia)

Closing Remarks by Peter Guay  (Canadian International Council) 


Co-sponsored with  the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS) in Collaboration with Canadian International Council (CIC) Montreal The Report can be accessed here.



Fall 2009 CIPSS Workshop on International Security & Political Economy

September 18, 2009: A Neoclassical Realist Analysis of Foreign Policy Strategies in the Israeli-Syrian Enduring Rivalry – Imad Mansour (McGill University), 

October 9, 2009: War Initiation and Transnational Terrorism – Erica Chenoweth (Weslayan University), 

October 16, 2009: Alliance Behavior in America’s Post-Cold War Interventions –  Sarah Kreps (Cornell University)

October 30, 2009:  Ben Rowswell, Representative of Canada in Kandahar (DFAIT)

November 6, 2009:  Saving Liberal Peacebuilding – Roland Paris (University of Ottawa)

November 20, 2009: From Principles to Norms: The Role of Organizational Structure in Human Rights NGOs – Wendy Wong (University of Toronto)


EVENTS 2008 

Conference: Weak States and South Asia’s Security Predicament

Le Meridien Hotel, 1808 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal

Friday, October 3, 2008


Panel I: 8:30-10:00 General Papers I

Paper 1:  State Capacity and South Asia’s Insecurity Dilemmas: An Introduction
T.V. Paul (McGill University)

Paper 2: State, Nations and Regional Security Orders
Benjamin Miller (University of Haifa)
Discussant: Norrin Ripsman (Concordia)

Panel II: 10:15-11:30 General Papers II

Paper 3: State Formation, Consolidation and the Security Challenge: Why Developing Countries are Not Becoming Stronger and More Secure
Matthew Lange (McGill University)

Paper 4: State Failure and States Poised to Fail: South Asia and Developing Nations
Robert I. Rotberg (Harvard)
Discussant: Vincent Pouliot (McGill)

Panel III: 11:30-1:00: Country Studies I

Paper 5: India: Soft State with Multiple Security Challenges
Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Center for Policy Research, New Delhi)
-To be presented by Siddharth Banerjee (Sauve Foundation Fellow)

Paper 6:  Identity, Polity and Foreign Policy in Contemporary India
David Malone (IDRC) and Rohan Mukherjee (Princeton University)
Discussant: Sankaran Krishna (University of Hawaii)

Panel IV: 2:00-3:15 Country Studies III

Paper 7: Islamist Violence in India After the 1990s
Christophe Jaffrelot (Sciences Po, Paris)

Paper 8:  Weak State, Failed State, Garrison State: The Pakistan Saga
Lawrence Ziring  (Western Michigan University)
Discussant: Daniel Markey (Council on Foreign Relations)

Panel V: 3:15-5:15: Country Studies IV

Paper 9: Afghanistan: A Very Weak State in the Path of Power Rivalries
Rsaul Baksh Rais (LUMS)

Paper 10: Sri Lanka: Challenges in State Consolidation and Minority Integration
Sankaran Krishna (University of Hawaii)
Discussant: Mari-Joelle Zahar (UdM)


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Panel VI: 9:00-10:15 Country Studies IV

Paper 11: Bangladesh: A Weak State With Multiple Security Challenges
Ali Riaz (Illinois State University)

Paper 12: Nepal: A Weak State Sandwiched between Two Major Powers?
Maya Chadda (William Paterson University)
Discussant: Erik Kuhonta (McGill)

Panel VII: 10:30-12:00: Regional Perspectives

Paper 13:  Economic Globalization and the Weak States of South Asia
Baldev Raj Nayar (McGill)

Paper 14: Civil Society and Weak States in South Asia
Mustapha Kamal-Pasha (University of Aberdeen)

Paper 15: Rays of Hope: The Not So Weak States of South Asia
Amitabh Mattoo and Happymon Jacob (Jammu University)
Discussant: Sunil Mani (Center for Development Studies, Trivandrum)

12:00-1:00:  Concluding Session and Launching of the South Asian Academic Network (SARCAN) Webpage: Presentation by Manish Thapa (Asian Study Center for Political & Conflict Transformation, Katmandu)

3:30-5:30: Transforming South Asia: A Roundtable

This Roundtable took place at Omni Hotel, 1050 Sherbrooke St. West, Corner, Peel. The event was co-sponsored by Canadian International Council and McGill Center for Developing Area Studies

Chair: T.V. Paul, McGill University
David Malone (IDRC)
Daniel Markey (Council on Foreign Relations)
Sunil Mani (Center for Development Studies, Trivandrum)
Sujit Dutta (IDSA, New Delhi)
Philip Oxhorn (McGill)
Amitabh Mattoo (Jammu University)


Fall 2008 REGIS Workshop on International Security & Political Economy

September 26, 2009, Globalization and Global Governance in the 21st Century –  Jeffrey Hart (Indiana University)

October 10, 2008, Solidarism or Pluralism: Political Ideas of the American Union and the European Union – Robert Jackson (Boston University)

October 17, 2008, Credible Commitment and the International Criminal Court –  Beth Simmons (Harvard University)

October 31, 2008, Status and War in International Relations – David Kang (Dartmouth College)

November 7, 2008, Targeted Killings and the War on Terror: The Decline of the Norm Against Assassination? – Nina Tannenwald (Brown University)

November 14 2008, States and Rules, Norms and Interests –  Ian Hurd (Northwestern University)

November 21, 2008, Is Nuclear Reduction/Disarmament Feasible? – David Holloway (Stanford University)



ISSS/ISAC Conference: Global Security Challenges: When New and Old Issues Intersect

19-20 October 2007

Doubletree Plaza Hotel Montreal Centre-Ville

505 Sherbrooke Street East,  Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2L 4N3


Session I:  Friday: October 19, 2007: 8:00-9:45 am

Panel IA: Neo-classical Realism, the State, and Foreign Policy (Room Bellefleur)

Chair and Discussant – Greg Kennedy, King’s College London

Paper 1 – Jeffrey Taliaferro, Tufts University, Steven E. Lobell, University of Utah and Norrin M. Ripsman, Concordia University, ‘The Statesman, the State, and the Balance of Power: Neoclassical Realism and the Politics of Grand Strategic Adjustment’.
Paper 2 – Steven E. Lobell, University of Utah, ‘Threat Assessment, the State, and Foreign Policy: A Neoclassical Realist Model’.
Paper 3 – Norrin M. Ripsman (Concordia University, ‘Domestic Interests and Foreign Security Policy: A Neoclassical Realist Approach’.
Paper 4 – Mark Brawley, McGill University, ‘Strategic Calculations in a Permissive Environment: A Neoclassical Realist Approach to Balancing in the 1930s’.<
Paper 5 – Brian Schmidt, Carleton University, The Iraq War: Realism Versus Neoconservativism’.

Panel 1B: Civil-Military Relations and Military Transformation (Room: Fortin)
Chair and discussant – Warren Chin, King’s College London

Paper 1 – Gary Schaub, Jr., Air War College, ‘Parameters of “The Unequal Dialogue”: High-Level Civil-Military Relations’. Paper 2 – James Forsyth, Air Command and Staff College, ‘Privatization of Defense: Assessing Officer Attitudes and Understanding’.

Paper 3 – Everett Dolman, School of Advanced Air & Space Studies, American Officer Visions of American Interests’.

Paper 4 – Sam Alvaro, Carleton University, ‘The Re-Imagined Military in an Age of Global Risks’.

Paper 5 – Michael Lipson, Concordia, ‘Logics of Cat Herding: Approaches to Interorganizational Coordination in Complex Peace Operations’.

Panel IC: Nuclear Politics (Room Matisse)

Chair and Discussant – Stefanie von Hlatky, University of Montreal.

Paper 1 – Abbey Jorstad, University of Denver, ‘Images of insecurity: the link between images of the opponent and opaque nuclear deterrence’.

Paper 2 – Siddharth Mallavarapu, Jawaharlal Nehru University, ‘‘Liminal’ Conjunctions: Re-Visiting The July Opinion Of The World Court’.

Paper 3 – Randy Willoughby, San Diego, ‘Mixing old wine and the genie in the bottle: a non-proliferation perspective on French nuclear power and nuclear weapons’.

Paper 4 – Eric Honda, ‘Failure to Launch: Testing the Success of the North Korean Nuclear Option Through Three-Party-Deterrence Not Six-Party Talks’.

Paper 5 – Andrew Dorman, King’s College London, ‘The Politics of Trident Replacement’.

Panel ID: East Asian Security Issues – (Room Colville)

Paper 1 – Yukiko Amakawa, Teikyo University, ‘U.S.-Japan Security Relations in Abe Administration’.

Paper 2 – Adam Moore, Northern Kentucky University, ‘The Veto: A Look at its Past and Present, and the Future Significance of China on the Security Council’.

Paper 3 –  Elizabeth Wishnick, Montclair State University. ‘Energy and Environmental Issues in Sino-Japanese Relations: Towards an Energy Security “Risk Community”?’

Paper 4 – Kate Jefferson & Elizabeth Fausett, University Of Arizona, ‘China: Assessing Dissatisfaction With The Status Quo In The 21st Century’.

Paper 5 –  Richard W. Chadwick, University of Hawaii, ‘Foreign Policy Challenges in the 21st Century: Disentangling the New Patterns of Interlaced Threats and Opportunities in East Asia’.

Session II: Friday, October 19, 2007: 10:15:AM-11:45am

Panel 2A: Conflict and the International System (Room:  Bellefleur)

Chair and discussant – Medha Bisht, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Paper 1 – Timothy W. Crawford, Boston College, ‘Wedge Strategies and Power Politics’.

Paper 2 – Felix Kuntzsch, Université Laval, ‘In Defense Of Rational Choice – The Politics Of Ethnic Violence And The Case Of Nagorno-Karabakh’.

Paper 3 –  Rahel Suissa, Haifa, ‘The evolution and reduction of enduring rivalries as a learning process-state conflict versus state and non-state conflict’.

Paper 4 – J.Lippert, Institut Europeen Des Relations Internationales In Brussels, ‘Inevitable War Or Undesirable Peace ? An Approach Of The Sociology Of War’.

Paper 5 – Walter C. Soderlund & E. Donald Briggs, University of Windsor,  SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1“The ‘CNN Effect’ and Humanitarian Intervention: Evidence from the 1990s Reconsidered”

Panel 2B –Terrorism and Violence (Room: Fortin)

Paper 1 – Tricia Bacon-Gonzalez, (Georgetown), ‘Terrorist Safehavens: One size does not fit all’.

Paper 2 – Chris Demchak, Arizona, ‘Wars Of Disruption In A Complex World Of Chronic Violent Threats’.

Paper 3 – Ilan Danjoux, Manchester, ‘Collaborative Securitisation: Merging Public Opinion Research and Security Studies’.

Paper 4 – Stephen Saideman, McGill University, ‘Xenophobia’s Silver Lining: When Hate Causes Peace’.

Paper 5 – Jorge Andrés Rave, Université du Québec à Montréal, “To securitise or not to securitise: the  securitisation of the Colombian Crisis during the Clinton Years.”

Panel 2C – Nuclear Weapons, Proliferation and Arms Control (Room Colville)

Chair and discussant – John Migiletta, Tennessee State University

Paper 1- Robert Williams, Pepperdine University, ‘The Surprise Attack Conference of 1958 and the Origins of the ‘New Thinking’ in Arms Control’.

Paper 2 – Ben Bonin, University of New Mexico, ‘One More is One too Many: Reorienting US Nonproliferation Policy towards NPT RevCon 2010 and Beyond’.

Paper 3 – Frank Ronald Cleminson, ‘Using Multilateral Arms Control as an effective alternative to war’.

Paper 4 – Bill Eliason, Old Dominion University, ‘Bound To Deny? Nuclear Proliferation And Its Dangers’.

Panel 2D – New security challenges in South Asia (Room Matisse)

Chair and discussant – Raj Kishor Singh, University Of Agra

Paper 1 – Tanuja Singh, ‘Ethnic Violence And Terrorism-A Threat To Humanity In South Asia”.

Paper 2 – Supriyasingh, Womens College Patna, ‘Terrorism Beyond Boundaries Of India’

Paper 3 – Rajesh Kharat, University Of Bombay, ‘Challenges To Security In South Asia:A Case Study Of Migration In India’

Paper 4 – K.S. Singh, University Of Agra, ‘Human Security-Problems and Prospects”

Paper 5 – Muhammad Islam, Bahria University, Islamabad, ‘Pakistan: Security Threats and Responses in the Post-9/11 Era’

Paper 6 – Nabarun Roy, Carleton University, ‘Global Terrorism’ to the rescue of India’s great power aspiration?’.

Session III: Friday, October 19, 2007: 2:00-3:45pm

Panel 3A – Diplomacy and the International System ( Room: Fortin)

Chair and discussant – Greg Kennedy, King’s College London.

Paper 1 – Patrick C. Bratton, Hawai‘i Pacific University, ‘The Effects of Governmental Structure on Coercive Signals and Orchestration’.

Paper 2 – Lawrence Rubin, UCLA, ‘Who’s Afraid of an Islamic State?’

Paper 3 – Medha Bisht, Jawaharlal Nehru University, ‘New World Order: Emerging Spaces In International Relations’.
Paper 4 – Mark Sachleben, Shippensburg, ‘Solving Transnational Issues through a Traditional IGO? The UN Security Council fumbling for a role with non-traditional security threats’.

Paper 5 – Gallia Lindenstrauss & Amir Lupovici, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ‘Ontological Security and the Overuse of Threats: How Threats of a Third World War were voiced over Nakhichevan’.

Panel 3B – Terrorism and Strategy for Securing the Homeland (Room: Bellefleur)

Chair: Paul R. Viotti; Discussants: Jeffrey Larsen and James Wirtz
Paper 1 – Robert H. Dorff, ‘The Search for National and Homeland Security’

Paper 2 – James M. Smith and Brent J. Talbot, ‘Terrorism and Deterrence by Denial’ Paper 3 – Paul R. Viotti, ‘Toward a Comprehensive Strategy for Terrorism and Homeland Security’ Paper 4- Veronica Kitchen and Gregory Moore, ‘Multinational and Transnational Cooperation in Homeland Security’
Paper 5-  Kevin Quigley, Dalhousie University, ‘Critical Infrastructure Protection in Comparative Perspective’.

Panel 3C – Nuclear Weapons and Global Security (Room: Colville)

Chair and Discussant – Kalu N Kalu, Auburn University Montgomery

Paper 1 – Marina Mateski, Old Dominion University, ‘Nuclear renaissance: Can Russia lead?’.

Paper 2 – Mark Hilborne, King’s College London, ‘Russian Policy on Space Weapons and Ballistic Missile Defence’.

Paper 3 – Wade L. Huntley, University of British Columbia, ‘Nuclear nonproliferation: a role for “responsibility”?’.

Paper 4 – Ekaterina Piskunova, University of Montreal, ‘Russian Foreign Policy and Iran Nuclear Program: Pragmatism Above All’.

Paper 5 – Tae-Hyung Kim, Daemen College, ‘North Korea’s Nuclear Ambition: Choice or Necessity?’

Panel 3D – New security challenges in South Asia (Room: Matisse)

Chair and discussant – T.V. Paul, McGill University

Paper 1 –  Kailash Nath, Asar Software Technologies, ‘Glass-Half-Full Vs. Glass-Half-Empty:  Multiple Paradoxes Of Development And Security In India’.

Paper 2 – Neda Zawahri, Cleveland State University, ‘The Environment and National Security along the Euphrates, Ganges-Brahmaputra, Indus, Tigris, and Yarmouk Rivers’.

Paper 3 – Kavita R. Khory, Mount Holyoke College, ‘Diaspora Politics And South Asian Security’.

Paper 4 – Lawrence Prabhakar, Madras Christian College, and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, ‘Regional Maritime Security Complex of Southern Asia-Indian Ocean: The Intertwining of traditional and non-traditional security concerns’.

Session IV: Friday 19, 2007: 4:00-5:45 pm

Panel 4A – Governance, Security and Foreign Policy (Room: Fortin)

Paper 1 – Cao Feng, Chinese People’s Public Security University & Wang Shacheng, Harvard University, ‘Intelligence: Study In Public Security Administration’.

Paper 2 – Jon J. Rosenwasser, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, ‘TBC – Intelligence, US Foreign Policy and terrorism’.

Paper 3 – M. Patrick Cottrell & Mark Nance, University of Wisconsin-Madison, ‘After Hierarchy? Governance and Security in a Post-9/11 World’.

Paper 4 – William C Martel, Tufts, ‘Defining Victory: Implications for Iraq’.

Paper 5 – Benjamin Miller, University of Haifa, Explaining Changes in US Grand Strategy: The Rise of Offensive Liberalism and the War in Iraq.

Paper 6 – Murali Venugopalan, Western Illinois University, ‘The Necessary Gambit’.

Panel 4B – Terrorism – Dealing Strategically with Terrorism (Room: Bellefleur)

Chair: Jeffrey Larsen; Discussants: Michael Opheim and Nicholas Bowen

Paper 1 – Jeffrey Larsen and James Wirtz, ‘WMD Terrorism: New Threats, Revised Responses’.

Paper 2 – Alexander C. Diener and Timothy Crawford, ‘Democracy, Civil Society and the Damage-Limitation Component of Strategy’.
Paper 3 – Terrence M. O’Sullivan, ‘Comparative Risk Analysis : Biological Terrorism, Pandemics and Other Forgotten Catastrophic Disaster Threats’.
Paper 4 – Omar Ashour, McGill, ‘Lions Tamed? An Inquiry into the Causes of De-Radicalization of Armed Islamist Movements’.

Paper 5 – Andrew D. Grossman, Erin Franzen, A Martini, Albion College, Strategy in the Car Bomb Age?  Deterrence by Denial, the DHS, and Homeland Security.

Panel 4C – New thinking on Insurgency and Counterinsurgency? (Room: Matisse)

Chair and discussant – Theo Farrell, King’s College London.

Paper 1 – Warren Chin,  King’s College London, ‘Adaptation and Change to the new Strategic Environment: British Counter-insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan’.

Paper 2 – Ora Szekely and Virginia DiGaetano, McGill, ‘The Counter-Insurgency Myth in Historical Perspective’.

Paper 3 – Andrea Dew, Harvard University, ‘Non-State Armed Groups and the Erosion of Constraints on Targets and Tactics: A Post-Cold War Security Challenge’.

Paper 4 – Anna Gielas, RWTH Aachen, Germany. Harvard University, ‘Asymmetric Conflicts between States and Non-state Actors: Containment of the New Wars’.

Paper 5 – Cdr Brigid Pavilonis, United States Coast Guard Academy, ‘Understanding Small War:  The Influence of Planning and Perception on Operational Outcomes’.

Panel 4D – Africa (Room: Colville)

Paper 1 – Carmel Davis, University of Pennsylvania, ‘The African Cockpit: Oil, Terrorists, China, and AFRICOM’.

Paper 2 – John H. P. Williams, East Carolina University, ‘Chaos At The Border: Tanzania And The 1994 Rwandan Genocide’.

Paper 3 – Jide Okeke, University of Leeds, The Prospects of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ principle in Darfur”.

Paper 4- Roman Hagelstein, University of Tuebingen, ‘Where and When does Violence Pay Off?  The Algerian Civil War’.

Paper 5 – Nadra Hashim, Calgary, ‘Zanzibar and Political Inversion: fluke or prototype’.

Dinner Speaker: Professor Desmond Morton, McGill University


Saturday, 20 October, 2007

Session V: Saturday 20, 2007: 8:15-10:00am

Panel 5A – Hegemony and US Foreign Policy (Room: Bellefleur)

Chair and discussant – Professor Greg Kennedy, King’s College London.

Paper 1 – Doru Tsaganea’, Metropolitan College of New York, ‘Hegemony – Freely Accepted Leadership or Domination?’.

Paper 2 – Tudor Onea, Queen’s University, The American Empire and its Discontents:  the Perspective of War under American Predominance.

Paper 3 –Evan Resnick, Yeshiva University, ‘Engagement as Inducement or Reward?  Lessons From America’s Policy towards Kaddafi’s Libya, Apartheid South Africa, and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq’.

Paper 4 –Catherine Moses, Georgia College and State University, ‘The War on Drugs: Implications for the War on Terror’.

Paper 5 – Peter Dombrowski, Naval War College, & Professor Andrew L. Ross, University of New Mexico, ‘The Political Economy of the U.S. Grand Strategy Debate Revisited’.

Paper 6 – Allan S Layug, De La Salle University, ‘Legitimacy Crisis as a Global Security Challenge’.

Panel 5B – Terrorism, International Cooperation and Policy Responses (Room: Fortin)

Chair and discussant – Commodore Kelly Williams, Assistant to the Chief of Maritime Staff.

Paper 1 – H. Brinton Milward, University of Arizona, Jörg Raab, Tilburg University & René M. Bakker, Tilburg University, ‘Problems Shape Policy: The Resilience of Dark Networks’.

Paper 2 – Abdul Ghafur Hamid & Professor Khin Maung Sein, International Islamic University Malaysia, ‘The Global Security Threat Of Nuclear Terrorism And International Law: Issues, Challenges And Prospects’.

Paper 3 – Michael Andrew Berger, University of St. Andrews, Coercion versus Terror: Understanding State Policy Options for Countering Terrorist Organizations with Coercive Means.

Paper 4 – Kalu N. Kalu, Auburn University Montgomery, ‘Strategic Fusion: What Lessons for International Counterterrorism?’.

Paper 5 – Joe P. Dunn, Converse College, ‘Teaching about Terrorism/National Security:  Two Classroom Models’.

Panel 5C – Biology, Memory and Security (Room: Colville)
Chair and Discussant, Stuart Croft, Warwick University.

Paper 1 – Brian Rappert, Exeter University ‘International Security, Biotechnology, and Research Methods’.

Paper 2 – Michael Dillon, Lancaster University, ‘Biopolitics of Security in the 21st Century’.
Paper 3 – Andrew Hoskins, Warwick University, ‘In Memory of Security’.

Paper 4 – Captain Nils N. French, Canadian Army, ‘Social Epidemics and the Human Element’.

Panel 5D – European Security Issues (Room Matisse)

Chair and discussant – Professor Gale A. Mattox, U.S. Naval Academy.

Paper 1 – Heidi Hardt, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (HEI), ‘Regionalization of Peacebuilding: The European Union as an Institutional Role Model’.

Paper 2 – Helena Carrapico, European University Institute, Florence, ‘The European Union and Organized Crime: Threat Perception and the Making of a Security Policy’.

Paper 3 – Manuel Amarilla Mena, Centre for the International Promotion of Security, ‘Global challenges for the security of the European states. The European Security Agenda’.

Paper 4 – Vincent Pouliot, McGill, ‘The Logic of Practicality at the NATO-Russia Council’.

Paper 5 – Kajsa Ji Noe Oest, University of Copenhagen/Havard University ‘The Shanghai Cooperation Organization – a Threat or Opportunity for Europe?’ .

Paper 6 – Peter Stockburger, University of San Diego School of Law, ‘One giant leap backward for humankind: the consequence of the European Union’s apathy toward Romania’s Article 98 Agreement with the US’.

Session VI: Saturday 20, 2007: 10:15-12:00am

Panel 6A – US Foreign Policy and Anti-Hegemonic Challenges (Room: Bellefleur)

Chair and discussant – Dr. John Miglietta, Tennessee State University.

Paper 1 –Michael C. Desch, Texas A & M University, “Liberal Tradition and American Illiberal Hegemony”.

Paper 2 – Gabriela Marin Thornton, Texas A & M University, “The EU in America’s Foreign Policy: The Bush Administration’s Case”.

Paper 3 – Joseph R. Cerami, Texas A & M University, “Reforming the National Security Policymaking and Interagency Processes: Questions of Policy, Strategy, and Structure”.

Paper 4 –Christopher Layne, Texas A & M University, “Realist Theory and America’s China Strategy”.

Panel 6B – Security in the Digital Age (Room: Fortin)

Chair and Discussant – Chris Demchak, Arizona, Demchak@U.Arizona.Edu

Paper 1 – Panayotis A. Yannakogeorgos, Rutgers, ‘On the Terrorist Misuse of Cyberspace: Implications for International Counterterrorist Efforts, and Proposals for Governing the Electromagnetic Wilderness’.

Paper 2 – Patryk Pawlak, European University Institute, ‘Where the Rubber hits the Road: Smart borders of the future in Transatlantic Relations’.

Paper 3 – Tom Winston, Endicott College, ‘An Economic Analysis of Privacy vs. Security Online’.

Paper 4 – Raju K Thadikkaran, Mahatma Gandhi University, ‘Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the Era of Globalization: Security Issues and Concerns Revisited’.

Panel 6C – ‘Warriors, Transformations, and Spatiality  (Room: Colville)

Chair and Discussant, Stuart Croft, Warwick University.

Paper 1 – Terry Terriff, Birmingham University, ‘Warriors and Innovators: Military Change and Organizational Culture in the US Marine Corps’.
Paper 2 – Wendy Pullan, Cambridge University, ‘The Reciprocities of space and security in Jerusalem’.
Paper 3 – Theo Farrell, Kings College London, ‘Transformation and Counter-transformation in the British Army.’

Paper 4 – Kwang-Jin Kim, University of Missouri-Columbia, Lt Col Doo-Hyeong Lee, Hangyang & Sengkwon You, Missouri-Colombia, ‘Force Structure and Interstate Conflict Behavior’.

Panel 6D – European Security (Room: Matisse)

Chair and discussant – Andrew Dorman, King’s College London

Paper 1 – Dieter Dettke, ‘In Search of Normalcy: Germany’s Foreign and Security Policy Between ‘Realpolitik’ and the Civilian Power Paradigm’.

Paper 2 – Gale A. Mattox, U.S. Naval Academy, ‘The New European Security Paradigm’.

Paper 3 – Fred Cocozzelli, St. John’s University, ‘The Endgame in Kosovo: Critical Junctures in the Making of the Status Decision’.

Paper 4 – Mary Frances Lebamoff, Loyola University Chicago, “Complex Power-Sharing as Conflict Resolution: Macedonia and the Ohrid Framework Agreement 2001”.

Paper 5 – Jenny H Peterson, University of British Columbia, ‘Crime as a security threat:  Exploring the criminality discourse in post-conflict Kosovo’.

Session VII: Saturday 20, 2007: 1:30-3:15pm

Panel 7 – Global Security Challenges  (Room Bellefleur)

Chair and Discussant: Kailash Nath, Asar Software Technologies

Paper 1 – Eric Ziegelmayer, St. Lawrence University, ‘Global Cities, Global Security: the global politics of urbanization’.

Paper 2 – Annelies Z. Kamran, The City University of New York, ‘Security Space: A Framework for Understanding the Global Governance of Security’.

Paper 3 – Gemma Marolda, University of Pittsburgh, ‘States, International Institutions and Global Governance: Rethinking Security in the 21st Century’.

Paper 4 –Julia Trombretta, TU Delft, ‘Environmental Security: the Transformation of Security’.

Paper 5 – Harini Sivalingam, McGill,  ‘Discourses of Fear and Victimization: the Impact of National Security Legislation on the Tamil-Canadian community’.

Session VIII: Saturday 20, 2007: 3:15-5:00pm

Panel 8 – Wars and Civil Wars (Room Bellefleur)

Chair and Discussant – Mary Frances Lebamoff, Loyola University of Chicago.

Paper 1 – Maya Ollek, McGill, ‘Rebellions, Insurgent Groups, and Civil War Termination in Eritrea and South Sudan’.

Paper 2 – Ariel Zellman, Northwestern University, ‘Weak States, Civil Militia, and State Deconstructive Violence’.

Paper 3 – Adam Lockyer, University of Sydney, ‘Understanding warfare in civil wars: Afghanistan from the Cold War to present.

Paper 4 – Andrea C Perkins, San Francisco State University, ‘Child Soldier Recruitment from a Global Perspective: Consequences of State Failure and the Obscurity of Human Rights in Complex Political Emergencies’.

Paper 5 – Alex McDougall, Calgary, ‘State Power and the Political Economy of War and Peace in Colombia’.

Paper 6 – Theo McLauchlin, McGill, ‘Civil War and State Building in Uganda’.


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2007 REGIS Workshop on International Security & Political Economy

September 28, 2007, Tragedy of the Global Institutional Commons  – Daniel Drezner (Tufts University)

October 5 2007, The Observer Effect in International Politics: Evidence from a Natural Experiment – Susan Hyde (Yale University)

October 12, 2007, Who Keeps International Commitments and Why? –  Judith Kelley (Duke University)

October 19, 2007, Dynamics of Civil War – Jeremy Weinstein (Sanford University)

November 9, 2007, Principal Problems: UN Weapons Inspections in Iraq and Beyond – Alex Thompson (Ohio State University)