Posted by: nucleargal | December 1, 2011

Call for Proposals: Graduate Student Conference on Roles & Challenges of Diplomacy

7th Annual American Graduate School in Paris (AGS)
Graduate Student Conference
The Roles and Challenges of Diplomacy in the 21st Century: Inclusion and Exclusion in a Globalized World
April 19-20, 2012
Paris, France

Call for Proposals Deadline: January 23, 2012
Final Notice of Acceptance: March 5th, 2012
Final Paper Submission Deadline: April 2nd, 2012

Conference Theme
Since its induction, diplomacy is at the core of international relations and holds primary responsibility for the development and implementation of foreign policy. It is recognized that the work of traditional diplomacy, focused principally on bilateral relations between states and working in conjunction with international and multinational organizations, remains an essential core of state conduct in international relations. However, profound changes in the foreign policy environment after the end of the Cold War and especially in the 21st century have challenged the approach and implementation of conduct in foreign relations. As globalization continues to push governments toward interdependence and cooperation, the field must reassess the application of diplomacy. Central to these shifts are evolving transnational challenges on policy agendas, including but not limited to, changing security paradigms after the attacks of September 11, 2001, environmental issues and natural disasters, popular democratic movements of the Colored Revolutions and the Arab Spring, and the global financial crisis. The increasing significance of non-state actors and organizations in the international system pose a challenge to traditional paradigms of bilateral statecraft. These challenges put into question the conduct of traditional diplomacy and add significant new functions and activities to the diplomat’s portfolio. It is under these tenants that scholars must critically question whether the shifts in systemic order, dynamic new actors and transnational challenges can be addressed by traditional approaches to diplomacy and whether they endorse inclusion or expose exclusionary practices.

Conference Subthemes
In order to promote research and discussion regarding these trends and the challenges or roles of diplomatic approaches in the 21st century, the AGS invites proposals for papers falling into, but not limited to, the following general themes:
§ Polarity and the international systemic: shifting paradigms of power and diplomacy
§ Relevancy of the state in the international system and diplomacy
§ Diplomacy and the emergence of non-state actors in the international system (i.e. role of international and non-governmental organizations, civil society, and the private sector)
§ Diplomacy and the role of democratic transition and regime change
§ Inclusive and exclusive politics of recognition and legitimacy in the international system
§ Projections of state power: hierarchy amongst great powers, the core and the periphery
§ Transversal politics and the reframing of diplomatic perspectives
§ Emergence of non-traditional approaches and sectors: multi-track and public diplomacies
§ Interdependence, diplomacy and the globalized World
§ Transnational global challenges: cooperation or entrenchment (i.e. International terrorism and security, financial crises, resource management, environmental issues and natural disasters)
§ Diplomacy’s role in advocacy of societal challenges in the 21st century (i.e. gender and identity issues, poverty, public health, environmental issues, and migration or immigration)
§ Statecraft in conflict: preventative diplomacy and conflict management§ Media, communications, and their role in diplomacy and dissemination

Submitting an Abstract Proposal
We cordially invite graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral scholars from a wide spectrum of disciplines to submit abstract proposals appropriate to the above themes. The research may be of either a theoretical or empirical nature. While the purview of this conference focuses on the effect of emerging challenges on diplomacy, relevant abstract proposals on work contributing in a broader sense to the debate will be considered. The conference will be held in English. Submitted work should also follow this guideline. Proposals up to 600 words in length should be sent by no later than January 23, 2012 in electronic form to The subject line of the cover email should be entitled “AGS Conference 2012 Abstract Proposal Submission” and your name. Your abstract proposal should include your tentative paper title, research question and a 600 word abstract proposal outlining your topic focus and expected findings. We also request within your abstract proposal to include your name, university or institution of affiliation, degree(s) earned or in process and substantive concentration of your academic work. Notification of acceptance by the conference committee will be made on a rolling basis; however applicants will be notified later than March 5th, 2012. Final papers are to be submitted by April 2, 2012 for review by the committee to be considered for publication.

Registration Fee and Conference Grant
All accepted presenters will be required to pay a 25 euro registration fee. While the expenses in association with participation, including accommodation, transportation, and personal costs are the explicit responsibility of the applicant, AGS will be offering limited financial grants for noteworthy applicants. If you are interested, please note in your submission email, including a brief paragraph describing your financial needs. All applicants noting interest in applying for the grant will be notified at a later date with more details. For any questions on the conference or submission, please contact Ryan Godfrey, Student Conference Coordinator or Dr. Ruchi Anand, Conference Faculty Advisor at more information about the American Graduate School in Paris, please consult our website at

The AGS School for International Relations and Diplomacy
The 7th Annual AGS Graduate Student Conference, hosted by the School of International Relations and Diplomacy, will be held on April 19-20, 2012 at the American Graduate School in Paris, located in the sixth arrondissement. AGS is an institution of higher learning offering both Graduate and Doctoral degrees in the fields of International Relations and Diplomacy. For more information please feel free to consult our website at


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