Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Brandt School widely present at ISA international conference in Toronto

During the semester break, Brandt School lecturers were traveling around the world to present their ongoing research projects at international conferences. Most importantly, Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter, Juniorprofessor for International Conflict Management, Dr. Patrick A. Mello, Visiting Scholar, and Dr. Henri Myrttinen, recurring lecturer at the Brandt School, participated at the 60th Annual Convention of International Studies Association (ISA) from 27 to 30 March in Toronto, Canada. The ISA is the largest international conference for scholars working in the area of International Studies, with over 6.000 participants taking part in over 1.200 panels and roundtables this year.

Patrick A. Mello had three program appearances in Toronto: He co-organized a foreign policy analysis methods café, spoke at a roundtable on teaching foreign policy analysis, and contributed a paper to a panel on democratic alliance reliability. Besides these, Dr. Mello participated in the meetings of the editorial board of Foreign Policy Analysis (Oxford University Press) and ISA’s foreign policy analysis section. Moreover, he co-organized a meeting of the German Political Science Association’s theme group on foreign and security policy, of which he is a co-speaker. For a detailed report of his activities at the ISA, please see below. Solveig Richter presented a paper from her research project on the ongoing peace process in Colombia with a focus on the political reintegration process and the parliamentary and presidential elections 2018. Her paper was discussed by Peter Wallensteen, one of the most renowned scholars in peace and conflict studies in the world.  Henri Myrttinen presented two papers, one on masculinities in SGBV programming and one on the difficulties of research by remote control in Tajikistan, and participated in a roundtable by the ISA section on feminist theories and gender studies.

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Visiting Scholar Patrick A. Mello at the International Studies Association in Toronto, Canada

Visiting Scholar Patrick A. Mello had three program appearances at the 60th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) in Toronto, Canada. He co-organized a foreign policy analysis methods café, spoke at a roundtable on teaching foreign policy analysis, and contributed a paper to a panel on democratic alliance reliability. Besides these, Dr. Mello participated in the meetings of the editorial board of Foreign Policy Analysis (Oxford University Press) and ISA’s foreign policy analysis section. Moreover, he co-organized a meeting of the German Political Science Association’s theme group on foreign and security policy, of which he is a co-speaker. Dr. Mello’s conference participation was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service.

For the methods café “foreign policy analysis – methods and approaches” the organizers Marijke Breuning (University of North Texas), Falk Ostermann (Universität Giessen), and Patrick A. Mello (University of Erfurt) brought together an international group of scholars who represent the broad range of methods and approaches that comprise foreign policy analysis. The group included A. Burcu Bayram (University of Arkansas), Klaus Brummer (Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), Stephen Benedict Dyson (University of Connecticut), Stefano Guzzini (Danish Institute for International Studies, Uppsala University & PUC-Rio de Janeiro), Ted Hopf (National University of Singapore), Rose McDermott (Brown University), and Mark Schafer (University of Central Florida).

Patrick A. Mello spoke on Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) – on which he is currently completing a textbook for Georgetown University Press. The method has gained in popularity in recent years, with applications in all subfields of the social sciences. Following a joint session in the traditional roundtable format, the panel split up into ten tables dedicated to each individual method or approach. The panel attracted about 60 participants who received introductions to the topic and were able to engage with the experts on an individual basis.

The panel “democratic alliance reliability and the global coalition against the Islamic State”, was chaired and organized by Justin Massie (University of Quebec), with Olivier Schmitt (University of Southern Denmark) as discussant. The panel featured contributions from Marina E. Henke (Northwestern University), Rasmus Brun Pedersen (University of Aarhus) & Yf Reykers (KU Leuven), Jonathan Paquin (Laval University), Stéfanie von Hlatky (Queen’s University) & Justin Massie. Patrick Mello’s paper focused on “explaining civilian and military engagement in the fight against Daesh: a set-theoretic analysis”.

The roundtable “teaching foreign policy analysis” was organized and chaired by Baris Kesgin (Elon University) and featured the panelists Marijke Breuning (University of North Texas), Ozgur Ozdamar (Bilkent University), Cristian A. Cantir (Oakland University), Raul Salgado Espinoza (FLACSO Quito), Jeffrey S. Lantis (College of Wooster), Kai Oppermann (TU Chemnitz), Nicolas Blarel (Leiden University), Patrick A. Mello (University of Erfurt), and Akan Malici (Furman University). The panelists each shared their own perspective on teaching FPA before the discussion was broadened to include questions and comments from the audience.

Detailed information on the ISA 2019 conference can be found here.




 

 

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