‘The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises’

What about Barcelona in September? A very good reason to visit Catalonia is the EISA’s 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations.

Here you’ll find all the info on the conference.

Indeed, this year’s conference takes place in Barcelona, 13-16 September 2017. The title of the conference is: “The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises“.

Here the call of paper, panel and roundtable.

From our perspective we believe that the section on Foreign Policy Analysis is extremely interesting.

Here below the abstract of the section:

The section will discuss original and innovative theory-guided works in the field of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). The hallmarks of FPA are its penchant for actor-specific, middle-range theorising and for interdisciplinary and multidimensional approaches. Theoretical approaches in the field can be differentiated along several dimensions, such as levels of analysis, whether they are structural or agent-orientated, or whether they are constructivist, rationalist or cognitive/psychological. At the same time, FPA has a rich tradition of efforts at theoretical integration, which indeed have been singled out by Valerie Hudson as the ‘true promise’ of FPA. In many ways, however, FPA is still largely an ‘American social science’. In American IR, FPA is a well-established sub-discipline: it is one of the largest sections of the International Studies Association and has its own journal, Foreign Policy Analysis. In European IR, in contrast, FPA tends to be somewhat at the margins. The section, therefore, is meant to strengthen the profile of FPA in European IR and to foster an exchange between scholars in Europe who are engaged in it. In particular, it seeks to explore the contributions which ‘European’ FPA can make to the discipline and possible ways of strengthening the links to ‘American’ FPA. To this purpose, we invite panels that elaborate on different theoretical perspectives in FPA, address the challenge of theoretical integration in the field or apply theories of FPA to specific empirical puzzles. The section espouses a pluralist perspective and welcomes panels of any methodological orientation.

See you in Spain

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Top 5 by Venus in Arms – week 58. Football and International Politics

For almost all the European football fans the season is over. From an IR perspective we provide a different top-5 this week.

First, the FIFA corruption scandal. Such very relevant international organization has been ruled for years by the same people. But this era seems at the end. Here an updated report on bribes, football and World Cup.

Regarding World Cup, The Washington Post published a devastating analysis on the unprecedented death toll of migrant workers after the announcement of Qatar’s successful bid in 2010. Disgusting.

Some troubles also in Russia after the FIFA scandal. A clear example of the connection between international politics and football. As reported by Time, “Russian officials were quick to claim Wednesday that a U.S. conspiracy is behind the corruption scandal that shook the world of international soccer”.

Some days ago, Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey Final (here the amazing goal by Messi). In a globalized era, the story of the Athletic is still incredible. Here a (not so updated but brilliant) article of the unique Basque Team.

Finally, the next Champions League final well illustrates the global dimension of football, which has incredibly increased its popularity in recent years (especially in East Asia). (P.S. Venus in Arms is so “international” that we do not support the Italian team in Berlin…vamos Barcelona)

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