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.

Start Planning Your Visit 

A good number of high-quality abstracts has been received and we are currently working on the conference program. The different options regarding the registration fee will also be ready soon. In the meantime, below is some advice to help you planning your trip to Dublin.

FLIGHT: Dublin is very well serviced by all major airlines. People flying from Europe can also avail of a number of budget airlines (ie. Ryanair, Aer Lingus…).

ACCOMMODATION: It is advisable to arrange your accommodation as early as possible. The following hotels/B&B are only suggestions, check their price both on the hotel’s website but also through Booking.com or Trivago.ie as sometimes it might be cheaper on their sites. In addition, do check out Airbnb options.

The address for the University is Stillorgan Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.


Guest Houses


An additional website to look for accommodation near the University https://www.roomex.com/hotels/dublin/stillorgan/ucd.

If you decide to stay in the city center there is a bus that will bring you directly onto the campus, this bus is the 39A. There are other options that will leave you right outside the campus and on the opposite side of the road, these include the 46A and the 145.

Getting from the airport to the city or your hotel:

It is advisable to get a bus to the city center as a taxi could cost up to €45 depending on where you are staying.

Bus to City Center Airlink 747.

There is also a bus service called Aircoach which goes from outside the arrivals hall and delivers people to a number of hotels both in the city center and on the outskirts of the city including the first 3 hotels. The return fare is €16. From the Airport, it takes about 30 mins to get to the city center and between 45-1hour to get to UCD depending on time and traffic.

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)