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.

Here you will find information on:

1) Registration and attendance fees

2) The Conference Program

3) Planning your trip and stay in Dublin


Follow this link to buy your ticket to the conference http://ucdclinton.ie/bisa-us-foreign-policy-working-group-annual-conference/

Please select the right ticket according to your status

- ECR non-permanent & unwaged €45. This is for attendees who are doing their PhD, have a non-permanent position such as a post-doc, teaching fellowship, or unwaged.

- Permanent Post holders €75. This is for attendees who have a permanent position whether academic or not.

- Professorial Post holders €95. This is for attendees who have a permanent position at the professorial level.

To make your payment click Add to Basket and you will be asked to create an account before giving your card details.


This year Keynote Speakers 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.

Wednesday 4th

8.30                     Registration

                            William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium

9 – 9.30               Welcome and logistics

                            William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium

9.45 – 11.00        Panels 1 and 2

Panel 1: US Grand Strategy and Doctrines (I)

Seminar Room, Clinton Institute, first floor (Chair: Nikita Chiu)

Tanguy Struye de Swielande, Catholic University of Louvain

A New Integrative Grand Strategy for the American Hegemon: Multilevel Leadership

Gültekin Sümer, Beykent University Istanbul

Loss of Selectivity for a Sustainable US Grand Strategy

Georg Löfflmann, University of Warwick

America First and the Populist Challenge to Liberal Hegemony

Panel 2: Ideology, Interest, and Order: Exploring ‘National Greatness’ in the Trump Era

Sitting Room, Clinton Institute, ground floor (Chair: David Ryan)

  Adam Quinn, University of Birmingham

 National Esteem, Grand Strategy and Intra-state Ideological Contest

  Alexandra Homolar, University of Warwick

Nostalgia, Fear, Reassurance: Understanding the Emotive Appeal of Trump’s Narratives of National Greatness

  Steven Dunne, University of Warwick

Economic Surrender? Securitizing the Economy since the End of the Cold War

 Maria Ryan, University of Nottingham

Trump’s Rules: Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the Use of Military Force in Trump Years


11.00 – 11.30      Coffee Break

                            Hall, Clinton Institute, ground floor


11.35 – 12.50      Panels 3 and 4


Panel 3: The U.S. and Asia (I)

Seminar Room, Clinton Institute, first floor (Chair: Tanguy Struye de Swielande)

Elizabeth Tanner, University College Cork

Bureaucratic Dissent: US Foreign Policy and Crisis in South Asia, 1971

Thi Ly Le, University of Nottingham

Vietnamese Exchangers’ Perceptions of the U.S. as a Measurements of the Effectiveness of Its Exchange Diplomacy


Panel 4: The U.S. and the Middle East

Sitting Room, Clinton Institute, ground floor (Chair: Adam Quinn)            

  Andrew Cottey and Sardar Aziz, University College Cork

 The US-Iraqi Kurdish Military Relationship: An Institutional Analysis

 Lee Marsden, University of East Anglia

Cyrus, Esther or Just Plain Donald? Mike Pompeo and the Christianization of the Trumpian Foreign Policy

Hisham Sabbagh, City, University of London

Whither Mediation? American Mediation Under the Clinton Administration and the Rabin Deposit, 1993

 Liam O Brien, University College Cork

A Blank Slate? The George H.W. Bush Administration and the “Invention” of No-Fly Zones in Iraq, 1991-1992


12.50 – 13.50      Lunch

                            Hall, Clinton Institute, ground floor


13.55 – 15.10      Panels 5 and 6

Panel 5: Technology and US Foreign Policy

Seminar Room, Clinton Institute, first floor (Chair: Alexandra Homolar)

 Nikita Chiu, Space Engineering Research Centre

Chang’e & Apollo: The Interplay between Foreign and Domestic Policy in the Space Domain

Kimberly Orinx, UCLouvain

US-Chinese Competition in Cyber Space


Panel 6: US Foreign Policy Decision-making: Past and Present

Sitting Room, Clinton Institute, ground floor (Chair: Maria Ryan)

David Ryan, University College Cork

 Paths to the Weinberger Principles

Matthew Gallagher, University of East Anglia

Playing for Trumps: The Changing Role and Behavior of Foreign Policy Advisers within the Trump Administration

Ben Coulson, Newcastle University

The Tensions of ‘Trumpism’ in US Foreign Policy Towards North Korea, Iran and Venezuela


15.25 – 16.20      USFP working group annual assembly

                            William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium


16.30 – 17.30      Keynote Speaker

                            William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium

                            Christopher Painter, former US top cyber diplomat

                            “Diplomacy, Conflict, Norms, and Deterrence in Cyber Space”


17.45 – 18.30      Reception

                            Hall, Clinton Institute, ground floor

Thursday 5th

 9.00 – 10.15        Roundtable: Extraordinary President, Ordinary Presidency? Foreign Policy Change and Continuity under Trump   

                            Sitting Room, Clinton Institute, ground floor (Chair: David Fitzgerald)

                            Trevor McCrisken, University of Warwick

                            Adam Quinn, University of Birmingham

                            Maria Ryan, University of Nottingham

                            Scott Lucas, University of Birmingham


10.15 – 10.45      Coffee Break

                            Hall, Clinton Institute, ground floor


10.50 – 12.05      Panels 7 and 8


Panel 7: US Grand Strategy and Doctrines (II)

Seminar Room, Clinton Institute, first floor (Chair: Vitor Ramon Fernandes)

  Zeynep Selçuk, Fenerbahçe University

 So Different yet Alike: Obama, Trump and US Grand Strategy

Jonathan Middleton, University of East Anglia

Across a Vast Ocean: Intellectualizing the Obama Administration’s Pivot to Asia

Zeno Leoni, King’s College London

Strategic Continuity, Tactical Change, and the Limits of US Grand Strategy: Foreign Economic Policy toward China from Obama to Trump


Panel 8:  The U.S. and NATO

Sitting Room, Clinton Institute, ground floor (Chair: Sarah Earnshaw)

 Andrzej Podraza, Catholic University of Lublin

Trump’s Foreign Policy and the Future of NATO. The Outdated Alliance?

Andris Banka, University of Greifswald

Ironclad No More? American Security Guarantees to the Baltics in the Age of Trump

Christopher Spearin, Royal Military College of Canada

Implications for NATO of a Trump Administration Decision to Privatize Military Operations in Afghanistan: Extracting a Princely Sum


12.15 – 13.30      Panels 9 and 10 

Panel 9: US Counter Terrorism

Seminar Room, Clinton Institute, first floor (Chair: Trevor McCrisken)                 

 Franz Eder & Sarah Weiler, University of Innsbruck

Continuity and Change in US Foreign and Security Policy: the Case of Counter Terrorism

Jonny Hall, London School of Economics

Changing Targets: Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Rhetoric on the Campaign and in the White House

Shalini Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University

War on Terror: Continuity and Change in the Trump Era

Lindsay Clark, University of Southampton

What does it Mean to Apply an Ethics of Care to Drone Operators and Drone Violence?


Panel 10: Alternative Research Areas in US Foreign Policy

Sitting Room, Clinton Institute, ground floor (Chair: Scott Lucas)

                            Amit Gupta, USAF Air War College

                            Demographic Shifts and US Foreign Policy

                            Sarah Earnshaw, University of Munich     

                            The Environment as a Threat (Multiplier): The Responsibility to Prepare

                            David Fitzgerald, University College Cork

The Clinton White House, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Gender Politics of Military Service


13.30 – 14.30      Lunch

Hall, Clinton Institute, ground floor


14.35 – 15.50      Panels 11 and 12

Panel 11: The U.S. and Asia (II)

Seminar Room, Clinton Institute, first floor (Chair: Zeynep Selçuk)


 Kamna Tiwary, Jawaharlal Nehru University

The Belt and Road Initiative: New Roles, New Alignments and New Responses from the USA in South Asia

Sharad Joshi, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

The Nuclear Weapons Element of Friction in the United States-Pakistan Relationship

Vitor Ramon Fernandes, Lusíada University of Lisbon

Risks and Challenges of a US Retreat from Afghanistan


Panel 12: Ideas, Values, and Culture in US Foreign Policy

Sitting Room, Clinton Institute, ground floor (Chair: Lola Resano)


 Emma Hall, University of Warwick

Conditional Exceptionalism: President Trump’s Desire to ‘Make Us Exceptional’

Tapiwa Matonhodze, University of Nottingham

Hegemony on a Leash? American Neo-Conservatism and the United Nations

Julian Schmid, University of Warwick

(Captain) America in Crisis: Producing US Foreign Policy Through Popular Culture

Luke Cahill, University of Bath

Trump and Winthrop: Returning Conditionality to American Exceptionalism


16 – 17.00           Keynote Speaker

                            Sitting Room, Clinton Institute, ground floor

                            Ulrike Franke, policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations

Artificial Intelligence in Warfare and Geopolitics – how Europe and the US differ in their view and adoption of the new technology?

17.00                   End of Conference

                            See you next year!

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)