Newsletter 02/03/2017


Career, Writing & Funding Opportunities

Kenneth Waltz Dissertation Prize
The International Security and Arms Control (ISAC) section will consider doctoral dissertations on any aspect of security studies with a submission date in calendar year 2016. The committee welcomes nominations for theses on any aspect, and that deploy any approach (historical, quantitative, theoretical, policy analysis, etc.), in the field of security studies. Theses will be judged according to four criteria:

  • originality in substance and approach
  • significance for scholarly and/or policy debates
  • rigor in approach and analysis
  • power of expression

$500 will be awarded along with an award certificate. The recipient of the award will be encouraged to attend the 2017 annual convention in order to receive the award in person. Nominations comprise an electronic copy of the thesis, a summary statement of no more than 1,000 words from the student, and a brief supporting statement of no more than 500 words from the supervisor, all submitted by 1 April 2017. Please email the thesis along with the summary statement and supporting letter to

E-International Relations Article Award
Starting in 2017 and continuing annually, E-IR will invite PhD / doctoral students and early career academics to prepare short papers outlining novel, or under appreciated, ideas that will contribute to the understanding of international relations. The award welcomes papers on empirical, political and diplomatic issues that impact upon global or regional politics, as well as papers that discuss theoretical and disciplinary issues central to International Relations. An expert panel will select a shortlist based on those articles that 1) successfully present a valid and interesting idea or interpretation and 2) do so in an engaging and understandable way. The shortlisted papers will then be published on E-International Relations and be considered for inclusion in an open access Edited Collection. From the shortlisted candidates, one winner will be awarded and given £500 in book tokens from our partners at Routledge and Oxford University Press. Papers must be received by 30 March 2017. We will inform all entrants of our decision by 15 June. To enter, please send your article in a Microsoft word format (.docx) together with a cover page containing a short biography (containing affiliation, summary of academic qualifications/status and past publications) to Clearly title your email ‘Article Award Entry’. For more information visit the website.

Newsletter 17/01/2017


Careers, Writing & Funding Opportunities


1) USAWC Research Assistant Opportunity

The U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute is soliciting  qualified individuals to conduct derivative research and analysis; provide draft written reports, briefings, and other research-related products as required; coordinate with research partners and sponsors from within the U.S. Army, other DoD and U.S. Government organizations, and think-tanks. The research will be derived from USAWC student-supported, faculty-led Integrated Research Project teams. Data and information used in the development of the research projects and/or publications will relate to international relations, US security policy, national policy formulation, civil-military relations, defense policy, national military strategy, force management and theater-level or higher military operations. The researcher will:

·         Coordinate the IRP team’s travel and meeting requirements with external organizations and individuals;

·         Conduct archival research and current literature searches; perform specialized searches to provide written or oral synopses of the information available and suggest further searches. Such searches involve use of basic research methods and techniques (e.g. bibliographic surveys, specialized library research, historical document research, contacting US government agencies and/or international agencies for information, etc.);

·         Conduct initial review and editing of all draft reports and briefings, and provide the IRP team leads with the review of written products produced by the IRP team members and the development of the IRP final reports and recommendations.

This is a quick turn opportunity. Please send resumes to<>  no later than 20 February.  Candidates must have DoD experience.

2) Research Associate: Policy, Responsible Innovation & the future of AI
The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) is currently recruiting for a postdoctoral Research Associate to join our project ‘Policy, Responsible Innovation and the Future of AI'<>. The appointment will be for 3 years, and is based in the University of Cambridge. We’re looking for someone with a PhD in a relevant field (or equivalent experience in a relevant setting), who can provide strong evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, as well as interest in engagement with policy and technology communities. Relevant fields include: Science and Technology Studies; Public Policy; Political Science; Computer Science; Economics; Law. This is a fantastic opportunity to join us as we build an exciting new interdisciplinary research centre addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence (AI). Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, CFI is based at the University of Cambridge, with partners in the University of Oxford, Imperial College, and UC Berkeley, and close links with industry partners and policymakers.
For more information, or to apply please see here<> for details


1) Women & Politics Blog – Call for submissions

With the Women’s March to Trump’s calls for reviving the foreign aid rule banning groups that give abortion advice, the socio-political environment for women and gender rights are rocky to say the least. The Breaking the Glass blog (<>) is looking for opinions, arguments and thoughts on these issues to shed some light and hopefully empower each other. We are always welcoming submissions on issues that interest you! If you’re looking to develop your writing or interested in exploring current affairs through a gendered lens, email us at<> or check out<>


Trump’s America Conference

The UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies is organizing a conference on the political and cultural significance of Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States.

Speakers include: Robert Brigham (Vassar College),Mary Fitzgerald (Journalist) Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham), Clodagh Harrington (De Montfort University),

Diane Negra (University College Dublin), Inderjeet Parmar (City, University of London),

Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College), Stephen Shapiro (University of Warwick)

Topics may include but are not confined to:

“Make America Great Again” – American exceptionalism, nostalgia

“America First” – foreign policy and diplomacy

“Protect our borders” – immigration and terrorism

“Drain the swamp” – Washington elites, lobbying and corruption

“A historic movement” – white nationalism, identity politics, protest

“American carnage” – dystopian visions of the US, narratives of decline

“Crime and gangs and guns” – race and the cities, gun violence, civic anxiety

“Fake news” – politics in the new media age, post-truth, alternative facts

“I have great respect for women” – gender and politics

“Grab ‘em by the pussy” – misogyny, civility

“I am very rich” – inequality, wealth

“I’ll be so presidential” – celebrity, reality tv, satire

“Bing, bing, bong, bong” – Trump’s language, rhetoric

“Buy American and hire American” – trade, protectionism

“Brexit’s a great thing” – transatlantic relations, populism, ethnonationalism

We welcome individual papers but also proposals for panels, workshops or alternative sessions for presentation and discussion. Please send a brief CV and summary proposal (300 words max.) by 10th March 2017 to Prof. Liam Kennedy at

Newsletter 30/01/2017

Careers, Writing  & Funding Opportunities

Online Publication – Contributors needed

ICOSIUM<>, a new student-led online publication has recently been launched. ICOSIUM focuses on Development, Politics and Security in North Africa. ICOSIUM are looking for contributors! If you are interested please email:

Smith Richardson Foundation and  Henry A. Kissinger Pre-doctoral Fellowships

International Security Studies at Yale is accepting applications for three one-year Smith Richardson Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowships as well as for one Henry A. Kissinger Pre-doctoral Fellowship during the 2017-18 academic year.

The Smith Richardson Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowships are suitable for doctoral students who have completed all coursework, and are working on a doctoral dissertation in the area of history, political science, or related disciplines. We welcome candidates exploring questions of statecraft, grand strategy, or naval or maritime history. We seek to attract outstanding junior scholars from around the globe whose research addresses questions lasting importance and demonstrates excellence in one of a range of academic disciplines and methodologies. If a suitable candidate is found, one fellowship will be designated to support the maritime and naval studies initiative at International Security Studies. Likewise, pre-doctoral Kissinger Visiting Scholars must be enrolled in a PhD program, have completed all coursework, and be working on a PhD dissertation focused on the role of the United States in the conduct of statecraft, diplomacy, and grand strategy. Kissinger Visiting Scholars fellowships will be awarded to candidates with outstanding proposals that require access to the Henry A. Kissinger Papers<> or other archival holdings related to American diplomacy at Yale<>. They will pursue original research for academic publication using these sources.

The application deadline for all positions is 15 March 2017. For more information, please see Smith Richardson Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships<> and Henry A. Kissinger Predoctoral Fellowship<>

Online Publication – Call for Contributions

Launched by Dr. Ramon Pacheco-Pardo, the London Asia Pacific Policy Centre (LAPC) Blog is for King’s students to post their thoughts, ideas and analysis on contemporary East Asian and Asia-Pacific affairs. Follow this link<> for the website. Posts should be 500-600 words and focus on contemporary economics, politics, society or a combination of these. Posts may focus on specific event or general trends. The deadline is by the end of January. Please submit your articles to :

Post-Doctoral fellowship in “Innovative Approaches to Grand Strategy”

The Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) and the Department of Political Science invite applications for a post-doctoral fellowship in “Innovative Approaches to Grand Strategy.” By grand strategy, we mean some aspect of where, when, and how states (as well as armed groups) consider using military force among other instruments of statecraft to achieve foreign policy goals, broadly defined. We seek candidates whose work applies the very best scholarship to the most pressing issues facing the United States in the 21st century and does so in a way that broadens the intellectual and practical discussion of the issues in innovative ways. In addition to having first-rate scholarly credentials, the ideal candidate will also have an interest in applying their scholarly work to some aspect of the formulation and implementation of grand strategy. The position offers a competitive salary, benefits, and modest professional support. The initial appointment is for one year by may be renewed for a second year.

All applicants should submit a CV, letter of interest, a brief (10,000 words) writing sample, and have three references letters of support here<>. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on 1 February 2017.