November 2005


Some updates, news, dates to save, and general notices:

1. JPIA call for papers. This year Jason Enia is serving as SIR's contributing editor to the Journal of Public and International Affairs (JPIA), an annual graduate student journal focusing on policy-related scholarship in the areas of International Relations, US Domestic Affairs, and Development Studies.  As a member of APSIA, the School of International Relations contributes to the editing process of the journal each year, sending a contributing editor to Princeton University in February where a small number of articles are chosen for publication. If you have any work (single- or co-authored) that you think might be a good fit for the JPIA, please consider submitting it to Jason via e-mail by 9 January 2006. 

2. Our final book discussion of the semester will be Friday November 18 from 12:15 - 2pm in the VKC lounge. Professor Rob English will be the discussant for Stephen Walt's latest book Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy.

The U.S. currently wields unprecedented global power. Americans often assume that their global role is benevolent and their dominant position unchallenged, but other states are increasingly worried about U.S. dominance and are beginning to turn their concerns into action. Kennedy School professor and renowned scholar Stephen M. Walt analyzes the different strategies that states employ to counter U.S. power or to harness it for their own ends. These responses threaten America’s ability to achieve its foreign policy goals and may eventually undermine its dominant position. To prevent this, Walt argues, the United States must adopt a foreign policy that other states welcome, rather than one that reinforces their fear of American power.

Lunch will be provided. We will also be giving away eight copies of the book before the discussion. Look for the giveaway email very soon.


3. We are in the process of determining books and discussants for next semester's book series. If you have books, discussants, or authors you would like to suggest please contact me.

4. THE FIRST ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH WORKSHOP/CONFERENCE. At the end of the 2005-2006 academic year, we invite PhD students to participate in a “conference” in which all non-ABD’s in the POIR, IR, and POSC programs are invited to present papers that have been developed over the course of their time here at USC. This conference will be sponsored by SIR. Click here for more details.

5. The Center for Excellence in Teaching will be offering a workshop titled "Preparing Your Academic CV" on January 18, 2006. Click here for details.

6. SIR will host a conference with the CIA from February 2-3. Details are forthcoming.

7. Panels for those presenting papers at the 2006 ISA conference and wanting SIR travel funds will be in early 2006.

We are planning for the end of the year (a holiday party perhaps?) and spring semester. If you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions, please let us know!


Jeffrey Fields,

Jason Enia,


*C'mon. You get it by now, right?