14th BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group
Annual Conference

4-5 September 2019


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The 14th annual conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA) US Foreign Policy Working Group will take place at University College Dublin in September 2018.

BISA’s working group on US foreign policy is a large and diverse international network of academics, scholars, and other professionals active in the analysis of US foreign policy and its related realms. Speakers bring expertise on US political, economic and security dynamics in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and elsewhere; on the international records of US presidents and administrations, past and present; on US engagement with key global institutions and organizations; and across numerous other arenas of historical, contemporary, and future significance.

This year Keynote Speakers so far include:

Christopher Painter, long-time US official who has occupied high-level positions at the Department of Justice, FBI, the National Security Council, and more recently the State Department where he was the nation’s top cyber diplomat, leading US efforts in advancing the diplomatic aspects of cyber issues ranging from national security to human rights matters. The full bio of Mr Painter can be accessed here.

Ulrike Franke, policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and part of ECFR’s New European Security Initiative. Ms Franke’s expertise covers the impact of new technologies, such as drones and artificial intelligence, on the future of warfare. Her full bio can be accessed here.

We invite proposals of individual papers or panels on any aspect of US foreign policy, contemporary or historical. We also welcome proposals from a range of scholarly perspectives, including International Relations, Political Science, History, Economics, and other related disciplines. Possible topics for papers and panels might include US foreign policy as it relates to:

race, gender, and human rights

regional/global power shifts/dynamics

terrorism and counterterrorism

cyber conflict and cyber security

nuclear proliferation/weapons

trade and finance

multilateral organizations and institutions

energy and environmental policy

More focused papers might include President Trump’s foreign-policy initiatives, as well as the future of US grand strategy. We are also supportive of panels that incorporate outside perspectives such as Chinese, Russian, Iranian, or European reflections on US foreign policy.


We are keen for papers to reflect the diversity of US foreign policy by encouraging papers from women and BAME delegates. To support this issue of diversity we will provide some funding to those panels that expand our base and focus. Please email explaining how you fulfill these criteria. We also have a limited number of bursaries available for strong proposals from Early Career Researchers. ECRs considered for funding will be determined by being either a doctoral candidate or having a fixed term teaching post, postdoc etc. To provide confirmation please submit a CV with the necessary details. Because the funding for ECRs is coming from BISA you must be a member. Membership details can be found here: https://www.bisa.ac.uk/index.php/membership. ECRs with a full-time permanent position will not be considered.

We will also have a conference dinner which all delegates can attend for an extra fee, paid at the point of conference registration.


Paper and panel proposals should be submitted to the Working Group convenor, Dr Eugenio Lilli (eugenio.lilli@ucd.ie) by the deadline of 26th May 2019.

Past Conferences


2017 University of Edinburgh (organised by Oliver Turner)
2016 University of Bath (organised by Wali Aslam)
2015 City University (organised by Maria Ryan)
2014 LSE (organised by Nick Kitchen)
2013 University of Warwick (organised by Oz Hassan)
2012 University of Birmingham (organised by Adam Quinn)
2011 Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford (organised by Adam Quinn)
2010 University of Leeds (organised by Jason Ralph)
2009 University of East Anglia (organised by David Milne)
2008 InStitute for the Study of the Americas/LSE (organised by Tim Lynch)
2007 University of Manchester (organised by Inderjeet Parmar)
2006 University of Leicester (organised by John Dumbrell)