Top 5 by Venus in Arms – week 60 (Bisa in London)

This week the Top-5 is BISA-centred. We have already presented our paper at the Annual Convention in London.

Our first suggestion is to look at the updated programme of the Conference. We’ve been part of a lively panel of coalition politics and foreign policy.

We’ve been also at a panel on military transformation in Europe. Quite interesting. On this issue we remind the forthcoming contribution by ViA.

This year the conference theme is  inequality. “The landscape of global security studies remains dominated by questions about inequalities of power and the uses to which those inequalities are put”.  The workshop on inequality at the BISA  is scheduled on Thursday afternoon. It seems promising.

On the UK and its future in the EU, we suggest this interview to the European Parliament President, Martin Schultz. “David Cameron’s campaign to ditch the EU’s mission as one of ‘ever closer union’ has no chance of success, said the president of the European parliament”

Moving from conference to conference check the forthcoming Italian Standing Group on International Relations. Via will be there with 2 papers. See you in Trento.


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Venus in Arms at the next BISA Conference: “Italian Foreign Policy and Radical Parties”

Venus in Arms will be at the 40th Anniversary BISA (British International Studies Association) Conference (London, 16th-19th June 2015).

Here you’ll find the programme and other details.

We will present the paper: “The Limits of Radical Parties in Coalition Foreign Policy: Italy, Hijacking, and the Extremity Hypothesis” (F.Coticchia and J.Davidson). The paper has been recently accepted by Foreign Policy Analysis for publication (forthcoming).

Here below the abstract:

Scholarly consensus increasingly suggests that coalition governments produce more extreme foreign policies than single party governments. This, the literature argues, is especially likely when coalition governments include radical parties that take extreme positions on foreign policy issues and are “critical” to the government’s survival, as the radical parties push the centrist ones toward the extremes. A look at Italy’s Second Republic center-left governments and decisions on military operations provides an important counterpoint to the extremity hypothesis. In three high profile cases of military operations–Albania 1997, Kosovo 1999, and Afghanistan 2006-08–Italy had a center-left government that depended on radical parties for its survival. In all cases the parties took a position against military operations but did not prevent the government from engaging in/continuing operations by threatening survival or forcing the government’s fall. Our paper seeks to explain the irrelevance of leftist radical parties in Italy’s Second Republic. We argue first that radical parties are reluctant to threaten or force government collapse as this can lead to a center right coalition coming to office and voters’ blame for the outcome. Second, we claim that relative salience has been critical: foreign policy has been less important to radical parties than domestic issues and it has been more important to center-left parties than radical ones. Finally, we argue that radical parties have appealed to their voters through theatrical politics (e.g., attending protests) and have affected the implementation of military operations.

See you in London

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European Journal of International Security – call for papers

Good news for those of you interested in International Security.  The British International Association (BISA) in association with Cambridge University Press has announced the launch of the European Journal of International Security (EJIS).

Here you’ll find the call for papers.

Here below the detailed description of the new journal:

EJIS will publish theoretical, methodological and empirical papers at the cutting-edge of security research. Welcoming high quality research from around the world, EJIS will cover all areas of international security, including conflict and peace-building; strategy and warfare; environmental and food security; economic and energy security; human and everyday security; and security governance. The journal is particularly concerned to make connections and build bridges, both between different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives, but also across regional boundaries and academic parochialisms.  
EJIS will publish rigorous, peer-reviewed papers that significantly enhance scholarship through the exploitation of new data, the development and application of theory, and/or through original and scholarly analysis of a salient policy issue. The editors will favour papers that are intellectually ambitious, in the sense that they can speak to, and have relevance for major themes and debates in and across the security problematic, broadly defined.

The first issue of EJIS will be published in February 2016. Some info for the authors: EJIS publishes papers in 9,000 – 12,000 word range.

All other enquiries on the EJIS to the Editor-in-Chief Timothy Edmunds (University of Bristol)

For additional details please register here for content alert.


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2015: Selected conferences on Political Science and International Relations

We provide some suggestions for the coming year. Here below the most interesting and promising conferences on political science and international relations scheduled in 2015. Also Venus in Arms will be “on tour” in 2105.

  • The ISA’s 56th Annual Convention. The conference will be held in New Orleans (February 18th-21st 2015). Venus in Arms will be at the conference presenting papers on cyber-warfare, public opinion and (counter)narratives, Italian operations in Libya, Haiti and Somalia.
  • The 73rd annual MPSA (Midwest Political Science Association) conference (April 16-19, 2015) . The event will be held at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago.ViA will present the paper “Learning from others? Emulation and adjustment in Italian military transformation”.
  • The BISA (British International Studies Association) 40th Anniversary Conference 2015. The detailed programme will be announced in January. The event (June 16-19 June, 2015) will be held in London. ViA has submitted a paper on coalition foreign policy and junior parties.
  • The 111th APSA (American Political Science Association) Annual Meeting (San Francisco, September 3-6, 2015). This year’s theme is: “Diversities Reconsidered: Politics, and Political Science, in the 21st Century.”
  • The next year the ECPR’s General Conference is organized at the Université de Montréal (26 – 29 August 2015). The deadline for Panel and Paper submissions is 16 February 2015 (here the submission).


See you around the world…


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