The call for papers is now out for BISA’s (British International Studies Association) US Foreign Policy Working Group annual conference, which this year is to be held at University College Dublin’s Clinton Institute for American Studies.

Keep up to date with the conference news and call for papers at their website 

They are inviting proposals of individual papers or panels on any aspect of US foreign policy, contemporary or historical and 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. The conferences is also supportive of panels that incorporate outside perspectives such as Chinese, Russian, Iranian, or European reflections on US foreign policy.


The USFP group 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 there is some funding to those panels that expand their base and focus. There is also a limited number of bursaries available for strong proposals from Early Career Researchers, 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: ECRs with a full-time permanent position will not be considered.

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


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.

Following this conference, our very own Dr Mara Oliva will be the incoming convenor and will be hosting the conference at the University of Reading in 2020