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9 books to help us reimagine international studies

The 60th International Studies Association Annual Meeting & Exhibition will be held in Toronto from March 27th – March 30th. This year’s conference theme is “Re-visioning International Studies: Innovation and Progress.” The meeting will feature writers from around the world, whom collectively or individually speak to pressing issues like conflict and inequality. If you are attending this year’s meeting, drop by the OUP booth (#102, #104, #106, #108) to visit and to see our newest books — including leading work in the field and ISA award winning titles.

If you are not able to attend this year, but want to learn more about several of the topics being featured, we’ve compiled a brief reading list highlighting books that focus on the conference theme.

Just Responsibility

Brooke Ackerly’s book explores a political theory of global justice and human rights that is deeply rooted in human rights activism, while examining the difference between moral responsibility and political responsibility.

Read a free chapter online here

Symposium on Brooke Ackerly’s Just Responsibility:  Wednesday 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Break all the Borders

Ariel I. Ahram’s book examines the Southern Movement in Yemen, the Kurdish nationalists in Syria and Iraq, and the eastern federalists in Libya with a focus on the linkage between the sub-national, regional, and global order.

Theorising Coercion and Migration in World Politics: Emerging Research Agendas, Comparative Perspectives: Friday 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Women as Foreign Policy Leaders

Sylvia Bashevkin provides critical insight on women’s leadership roles in contemporary foreign policy and highlights the diverse and transformative contributions that Jeane Kirkpatrick, Madeleine Albright, Condoleeza Rice, and Hillary Rodham Clinton made during a series of Republican and Democratic administrations.

Read a free chapter online here

Author Meets Critics: Wednesday 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Of Friends and Foes

Mark Crescenzi provides a new theory that shows how reputation affects both cooperation and conflict in similar ways.

Read a free chapter online here

Innovations in the Study of Reputation Dynamics: Wednesday 8:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Why Good People Do Bad Environmental Things

Elizabeth R. DeSombre brings theory and research together across the social sciences to explain environmental behavior. She provides an accessible exploration of why good people regularly do things that cause environmental harm and how to change it.

Read a free chapter online here

Environment: Junior Scholar Symposia: Thursday 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

The Oxford Handbook of Terrorism

Erica Chenoweth’s book introduces scholars and practitioners to the state of the art approaches, methods, and issues in studying terrorism and counterterrorism.

Methods of Inquiry in the Study of Nonviolent Resistance – Saturday 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Legitimacy in Global Governance

Jonas Tallberg offers a comprehensive treatment that covers sources, processes and consequences of legitimacy in global governance and argues for a sociological approach to legitimacy, centered on perceptions of legitimate global governance among affected audiences.

Read a free chapter online here

Informal Governance in World Politics: Thursday 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Gender, UN Peacebuilding, and the Politics of Space

Laura J. Shepard’s book examines the ways women, gender, and civil society are constructed in UN peacebuilding discourse.

Read a free chapter online here

New Directions in Women, Peace and Security: Saturday 1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Cyber Strategy

Following the theme of the conference, Brandon Valeriano and Benjamin M. Jensen’s book argues that cyber coercion complements rather than replaces traditional instruments of statecraft and power and challenges the popular discourse that cyber conflict is a useful and novel way to achieve coercive effects in international affairs.

Read a free chapter online here

Crisis Dynamics and Cyber Statecraft: Simulating Cross National Perspectives:  Wednesday 8:15 AM – 10:00 AM

While these are only a few of many events taking place at ISA, the conference program is fully searchable online.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Feature image credit: Toronto by Jplenio. Public domain via Pixabay.

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