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IPSA is Proud to Announce a Collaboration With the Raoul Dandurand Chair for an International Conference on American Politics!

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The International Political Science Association associates with the Raoul Dandurand Chair at the Université du Québec à Montréal for the presentation of an international conference on american politics titled "Who decides in Washington". IPSA is proud to count a great number of representatives from the Chair as its members, and puts great efforts in promoting political science to a broader audience.

The international conference is organized by the Center for United States Studies at the Raoul Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec at Montreal

March 26th, 27th, 2015

Marriott Springhill Suites
445 rue Saint Jean-Baptiste, Montréal, QC H2Y 2Z7
Champ-de-Mars or Place-d'Armes Metro

Simultaneous translation will be available troughout the conference.


Events such as the United States' decision of this Fall to go after ISIS in Iraq, or "leadership from behind" stance in Libya in the spring of 2011 and the decision to order the assassination of Bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011 seemed to reveal a President comfortably settled into his role as Commander in Chief and capable of conducting a hard-knuckled foreign policy while accommodating the isolationist mood of post-Bush public opinion. To that end, Barack Obama has maintained and expanded two controversial Bush-era programs, on the advice of his predecessor: early in his presidency, he approved the development of cyberweapons (most notably Operation Olympic Games, a veritable cyberwar waged against Iran) and the use of armed drones. Indeed, he went further than Bush, claiming that he did not need the approval of anyone, including Congress, to carry out drone executions and centralizing decision-making on drone attacks in the Oval Office (through the famous Kill List). At the same time, however, U.S. policy on Ukraine, Syria and Iraq under Obama has been marked by inconsistency, prevarication and about-faces.

Has the President demonstrated firmness or weakness? In the case of Syria, did he turn to Congress on a foreign policy issue as a ploy, knowing Congress would be divided and hoping to avoid shouldering the blame for another intervention in the Mideast powder keg? Did he really blunder in talking about a "red line"? Was he trying to extricate himself by passing the buck to Congress, knowing he would never win in the House? Did he simply make a political miscalculation? Or did he cave in to pressure from his advisors, from lobbies, from foreign powers?

For more information, and the upcoming registration and program, please visit the Raoul Dandurand Chair website: http://dandurand.uqam.ca/evenements/evenements-a-venir/1233-who-decides-...


Conference on Methods in Political Science: A Rainbow of Challenges

The IPSA Committee on Research and Training will stage two small conferences in the near future, one on research methods in political science, and a second on the teaching of political science.

The first, under the theme “Methods in Political Science: A Rainbow of Challenges,” will be held at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, on September 17 and 18, 2015.

This conference will draw attention to the diversity and richness of methods used in all fields of political science. IPSA’s 50 research committees (RCs) speak to this impressive diversity. In one research committee alone, members can use a range of methods, regardless of subject or research field, and including traditional and new methods alike. This diversity is also on full display at IPSA World Congress events, which was again the case last summer in Montreal. Methods used in papers and presentations stem from various methodological traditions and paradigms, and the conference attests to this diversity.

The conference is supported by RC01 (Concepts and Methods), RC29 (Psycho-politics), RC06 (Political Sociology), RC21 (Political Socialization and Education), and RC22 (Political Communication), as well as the two Belgian political science associations: the Association belge francophone de science politique (ABSP), and the Vereniging voor Politieke Wetenschappen (VPW).

The conference hopes to attract some 80 scholars from around the world, from research committees as well as national associations.

Please send your abstract to Lieuwe Kalkhoven, Secretary General of RC21, at Lieuwe.kalkhoven@uantwerpen.be

Deadline for abstracts (250 words): March 1, 2015


For more information, please contact Prof. Christ’l De Landtsheer, the IPSA Research Committee Liaison Representative, at christl.delandtsheer@uantwerpen.be

Program Chairs:
- Prof. Derek Beach, Aarhus University, Denmark (RC01, co-convenor of the ECPR Methods Schools, instructor at the IPSA-USB Summer School in Sao Paulo, Brazil - derek@ps.au.dk)
- Prof. Christ’l De Landtsheer, University of Antwerp (RC21, IPSA RC Liaison Representative - christl.delandtsheer@uantwerpen.be)

International Political Science Review (IPSR) - Volume 36, Number 1, January 2015

In this issue:

Responding to the call: Human security INGOs and countries with a history of civil war
Amanda Murdie and Sean Webeck

The battle of ideas and discourses before democratic transition: Different democratic conceptions in authoritarian China
Jie Lu and Tianjian Shi

Evaluating the role of online data availability: The case of economic and institutional transparency in sixteen Latin American nations
Martin J. Murillo

Constitutional choices: Uncertainty and institutional design in democratising nations
Jai Kwan Jung and Christopher J. Deering

Mind the gap: Do proportional electoral systems foster a more equal representation of women and men, poor and rich?
Julian Bernauer, Nathalie Giger and Jan Rosset

Deliberative capacity as an indicator of democratic quality: The case of the Philippines
Nicole Curato