Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Interim Franz Haniel Professor Patrick A. Mello at the International Studies Association, San Francisco, USA

Interim Franz Haniel Professor Patrick A. Mello had five program appearances at the 59th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) in San Francisco, USA. He co-organized panels on parliaments in security policy, the politics of multinational military operations, and a foreign policy analysis methods café that was recognized as an ISA “innovative panel” in this year’s conference program. He further participated in a roundtable first-year review of the Trump administration’s foreign policy and US-Canadian relations, and he served as discussant for the Junior Scholar Symposia of ISA in a panel on foreign policy change. 

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 & TU Munich) brought together an international group of scholars who represent the broad range of methods and approaches that comprise foreign policy analysis. The group included 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), Sabrina Karim (Dartmouth College), Deborah W. Larson (University of California, Los Angeles), Mark Schafer (University of Central Florida), and Roxanna Sjöstedt (Lund University). Patrick A. Mello spoke on Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) – a method that 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 eleven tables dedicated to each individual method or approach. The panel attracted about 50 participants who received brief introductions to each topic and were able to engage with the experts on an individual basis.

The panel “parliaments in foreign policy analysis” featured contributions from Juliet Kaarbo (University of Edinburgh), Douglas Kriner (Pennsylvania State University), Patrick A. Mello, Dirk Peters (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt), and James Strong (Queen Mary, University of London), whereas Binnur Ozkececi-Taner (Hamline University) served as discussant and Kyle E. Haines (Purdue University) chaired the panel. The presented papers are part of the recent Special Issue of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations on “Parliaments in Security Policy”, co-edited by Patrick A. Mello and Dirk Peters.

The open access introduction to the Special Issue can be downloaded here.

The panel “the politics of multinational military operations” contained contributions from Gunnar Fermann (Norwegian University of Science and Technology & Harvard University), Stéfanie von Hlatky (Queen’s University), Tim Haesebrouck (Ghent University), Kathleen McInnis (Congressional Research Service), and Patrick A. Mello. Steve Saideman (Carleton University) served as discussant and Gunnar Fermann chaired the panel. The group is currently working on a joint publication.

The first-year roundtable review of the Trump administration and US-Canadian relations was organized and chaired by Carolyn C. James (Pepperdine University) and included Charles Doran (Johns Hopkins University), Jack E. Holmes (Hope College), Brian L. Lob (University of British Columbia), John Kirton (University of Toronto), and Patrick A. Mello as panelists.

In the Junior Scholar Symposia (JSS), Patrick A. Mello served as discussant on “the changing politics of foreign policy – foreign policy alternatives”. The JSS are aimed at PhD researchers or scholars who have recently completed their PhDs. The group included Anita Kellogg (University of California, Los Angeles), Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro), Andrew Bowen and Adam Wunische (both Boston College), as well as Yue Hu and Ray Ou Yang (both University of Iowa).

Besides the aforementioned panels, Patrick A. Mello participated in the meetings of the Editorial Board of Foreign Policy Analysis (Oxford University Press) and ISA’s Foreign Policy Analysis Section, where he completed his term as member of the Executive Committee. Moreover, the theme group on foreign and security policy of the German Political Science Association (DVPW-Themengruppe Aussen- und Sicherheitspolitik) held an informal meeting at ISA.

Detailed information on the ISA 2018 conference can be found here.