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SGIR Steering Committee 2007-2010

At the recent Pan-European Conference in Turin, the outgoing Steering Committee selected new members from a provisional slate of Nominees to serve as members of the Steering Committee 2007-2010.

The Steering Committee members are:

Eiki Berg
Morten Boas
Anna Caffarena
Noe Cornago
James Davies
Thomas Diez
Petr Drulak
Volodymir Dubovik
Johan Eriksson
Elise Feron
Laura Cristina Ferreira-Pereira
Stefano Guzzini
Heinz Gartner
Knud Erik Jorgensen
Sule Kut
Andreas Noelke
Henk Overbeek
Sergei Prozorov
Helena Rytovuori-Apunen
Zlatko Sabic
Brigitte Vassort-Rousset
Antje Wiener
Justyna Zajac
Bernhard Zangl

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IBEI Junior (Assistant) Professor Position 2008

The Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) invites applications for a full time tenure-track position in International Relations at the Assistant Professor level. The position begins in September 15th 2008. The contract will be offered for 5 years. At the end of the 4th year, the Assistant Professor will be evaluated. In case of a positive evaluation that demonstrates an outstanding performance, the Assistant Professor will be offered a permanent contract. To apply for this position, candidates must have a Ph.D. obtained within the last five years (preferred before September 2005). The Assistant Professor is expected to teach in the IBEI Master's degree program and to participate in the IBEI activities and research programs. Salary will be in line with a Lecturer in the Catalan public university system. All applications must be sent in by December 1st, 2007. Interested persons must send a letter of interest; their complete Curriculum Vitae; a report of teaching and research activities that credits teaching experience and research potential; a sample of previous research; an statement about their research project; and three letters of recommendation to the following address:

IBEI -- Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals
Research Coordination
Elisabets, 10
08001 Barcelona

or by e-mail

The Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals is a graduate teaching and research institution recently created through the initiative of the CIDOB Foundation and five universities in Barcelona (the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra University, the Open University of Catalonia, and the Technical University of Catalonia) and is financed through public funding. The Barcelona Institute for International Studies supports research in all fields of international political economics, international relations, international security, foreign policy and comparative politics.

Further information about the IBEI and its Master's degree in International Relations can be obtained through the following address:

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Palgrave Studies in International Relations

In association with the ECPR Standing Group on International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan is delighted to announce a new series dedicated to producing cutting-edge titles in International Relations. Palgrave Macmillan has been a publisher of outstanding scholarly work on international affairs since the inception of academic discipline of IR in the 1930s, with a list that includes many of the seminal thinkers. Palgrave Studies in International Relations will build on that tradition.

Edited by Knud Erik Jørgensen and Audie Klotz, Palgrave Studies in International Relations will provide students and scholars with the best theoretically-informed scholarship on the global issues of our time, in keeping with the ECPR Standing Group’s commitment to fostering dialogue in the discipline of IR. The series will comprise innovative and intellectually rigorous monographs and edited collections which bridge schools of thought and cross the boundaries of conventional fields of study.

The aim of the series is to present the best research in an accessible form, suitable both for researchers and graduate course-takers and tutors working in this broad and rapidly changing field. Prospective authors should submit their proposals to Amy Lankester-Owen at Palgrave:

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Call for applications: European Foreign and Security Policy Studies

Though the question of how the European Union can ensure the security of its citizens and contribute to worldwide peace has be-come increasingly relevant, foreign and security policies in Europe are still widely considered as national responsibilities. The research and training programme “European Foreign and Security Policy Studies” aims at overcoming this gap by analysing and debating the preconditions and prospects of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU and the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). The programme has been jointly developed by the foundations Compagnia di San Paolo, Turin/Italy, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Stockholm/Sweden, and VolkswagenStiftung, Hanover/Germany. The previous three rounds of applications in 2004 to 2006 resulted in a total of 70 grants. We envision that 20 to 25 new project proposals will be selected at the end of this fourth and final round.

With their joint initiative the three foundations want to strengthen the European dimension in the next generation of intellectual leaders and security experts. The dominance of national approaches to international security in large parts of the academic debate and day-to-day politics should recede in favour of a transnational perspective. Therefore international mobility of participants is an important objective of the initiative. The research and training programme will give European researchers and young professionals opportunities to con-duct research at two or more European institutions, and to build networks, thereby making an impact on the wider debate in the field of foreign and security policies. Within this thematic framework applicants can freely choose their research topics.

Funding possibilities
Eligible for funding are post doctoral researchers and Ph. D. candidates. Young professionals (e. g. civil servants, diplomats, journalists, lawyers, and employees of non-governmental organisations) with equivalent background are also invited to apply. Applicants should be based in Europe and not be older than 32 years. Specific disciplines, nationality or EU citizenship do not form criteria for exclusion in the selection process. Please note that the three foundations accept only individual applications.

Submission and processing of applications
All applications will be dealt with jointly by the three foundations.
In order to be included in the final round, applications together with the information listed in the attached “check-list” must be submitted (by e-mail only) by 30 September 2007 (date of arrival).

For full details, click here.

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Doctoral fellowship in risk studies

The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and the Institute for Risk Management and Societal Safety, University of Stavanger are strengthening risk research and will soon start a large project on the social determination of risk with an application to critical infrastructure and mass transportation protection in the Norwegian civil aviation sector.

The research will include two PhD projects, one with focus on developing a social theory of risk assessment (PRIO), the other with focus on societal security and risk management in the Norwegian setting (University of Stavanger).

The second PhD fellowship, based at the University of Stavanger, will be announced later in the Autumn.

Minimum requirements are Masters Degree in the social sciences or humanities with specialization in social or political theory, or a related field. The PhD candidate will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of other researchers working on related aspects of risk determination in Norway. The positions give the opportunity to work in a leading international research environments and to contribute to an important new area of research.

The full announcement text and project description is available
from project leader J. Peter Burgess ( +47 22 54 77 00.

Deadline: 3 September 2007

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JIRD - Call for new Editor

Journal of International Relations and Development
Call for a new Editor/Editorial Team (2008-2012)

The Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA) is looking for a new editorial team to take over the running of JIRD from the present Editor-in-Chief Stefano Guzzini, at the beginning of 2008.

As a CEEISA journal, published by Palgrave/Macmillan in association with the Centre of International Relations at the University of Ljubljana, JIRD strives to reflect the wide range of interests in International Relations and International Political Economy. It addresses a range of global issues and leading theory debates. An important part of its mission is to stimulate and disseminate theory-aware research and scholarship in Central and Eastern Europe and throughout the international academic community.

The CEEISA wishes to maintain the high international standing that the journal has achieved in the past decade, and is therefore looking for a new editor with the strength and institutional support to sustain the tradition and position established by the previous editors. The post may be filled by either an editor or an editorial team headed by one person. The successful applicant/applying team must be based permanently at a European university or research institute, be fluent in English and have an internationally recognised track record of scholarship. The length of the tenure is expected to be four years.

Applicants should send the following information:

1. A statement of expressing interest in editing the journal, and a vision for the journal in the next four years;
2. A full resume and, if applicable, a full resume of all the suggested members of the Editorial Team - preference may be given to applicants who have included a scholar from the Central and Eastern European region as a member of their Editorial Team;
3. A letter from the Home Institution stating its commitment to support the potential editor. A statement about the provided financial and administrative support by the Home Institution could be an advantage in the selection process.

The successful applicant will have at their disposal an Editorial Assistant based at the Centre of International Relations, and/or some financial support to organise the editorial work at his or her Home Institution.

Please send your submissions via e-mail to Zlatko Sabic at Applications will close on 1 October 2007. It is envisaged that the handover process starts on 1 January 2008, and under any circumstances is to be completed by 30 June 2008.

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Nominations to SGIR Steering Committee 2007-2010

The term of office of the present Steering Committee of the Standing Group on International Relations expires in September. At its recent Braga Meeting in May 2007, the Steering Committee decided upon a provisional slate of Nominees to serve as members of the Steering Committee 2007-2010, to take effect from the Pan-European Conference in Turin 2007.

The Nominations list is presented below. For details of the Procedures regulating the process, and the Requirements of being a member of the Steering Committee, click here.

You are invited to participate in the selection process by offering comment on the existing candidates and/or nominating additional candidates. Your comments will be forwarded to the Nominations Committee.

The Steering Committee welcomes your participation in this process of nomination.

Current members nominated for another 3 year term
Professor Eiki Berg, Estonia
Dr. Morten Bøås, Norway
Dr. Anna Caffarena, Italy
Professor Thomas Diez, United Kingdom/Germany
Dr. Laura Cristina Ferreira-Pereira, Portugal
Professor Stefano Guzzini, Sweden/Denmark
Dr. Heinz Gärtner, Austria
Dr. Knud Erik Jørgensen, Denmark
Professor Şule Kut, Turkey
Professor Helena Rytövuori-Apunen, Finland
Dr. Brigitte Vassort-Rousset, France
Professor Antje Wiener, United Kingdom/Germany
Dr. Justyna Zajac, Poland
Dr. Bernhard Zangl, Germany

Nominations for new members 2007-2010
Oleg Barabanov, Russia
Noé Cornago, Spain
James Davies, Switzerland
Petr Drulak, Czech Republic
Volodymir Dubovik, Ukraine
Johan Eriksson, Sweden
Elise Féron, France
Karin Fierke, United Kingdom
Lene Hansen, Denmark
Dimitri Lanko, Russia
Andreas Noelke, Netherlands/Germany
Henk Overbeek, Netherlands
Sergei Prozorov, Russia
Zlatko Sabic, Slovenia

Nomination for Chair of the Standing Group
Dr. Brigitte Vassort-Rousset is nominated to stand for a second term as the Chair of the Steering Committee of the SGIR.

If you wish to nominate an additional candidate, please consider the Requirements for membership. Offer your argument in support of your nominee, and include their institutional affiliation and contact details.

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Call for Book Editor

Dear Colleague,

Richard Koenigsberg has contracted with a major scholarly publisher to create and develop a Book Series entitled:

IDEOLOGIES OF WAR, GENOCIDE AND TERROR: Sources and Meanings of Political Violence in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

We seek an Editor for the first volume of this series entitled:

DYING AND KILLING FOR NATIONS: The Meaning of Warfare in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

This interdisciplinary volume will consist of papers from creative scholars presenting research, insights and theories from the fields of history, anthropology, psychology, political science, sociology and military studies-with the goal of illuminating the causes and meanings of an institution or activity whose persistence threatens the survival of the human species.

Key elements of this position involve receiving and evaluating submissions, working with authors to refine their contributions, and helping authors deliver articles according to guidelines provided by the publisher.

PLEASE RESPOND VIA EMAIL TO and/or call 718-393-1081 telling us why you are qualified for this project and how you can contribute significantly to its success.

A description of the volume appears directly below:

With best regards,
Orion Anderson

Description of the First Volume of the book series:

Dying and Killing for Nations: The Meaning of Warfare in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

Nearly one-hundred million people died in the Twentieth Century as a result of wars initiated by states. In the years before September 11, 2001, the power of the institution of warfare seemed to be diminishing. Boundaries between nations weakened as the global village predicted by Marshall McLuhan began to emerge. Recently, however, we have returned to a world dominated by ideologies of conflict and political violence.

Journalists and historians produce accounts of the massive violence generated by warfare. But do we really understand why wars have occurred and continue to occur? This volume will present research and theoretical perspectives interrogating the causes and meanings of warfare.

Because wars have recurred throughout history, people often conceive of this activity as an immutable element of society, even as human nature. Viewing war as a socially constructed institution, this volume seeks to understand why human beings have created and become attached to a form of behavior whose primary product is destruction and self-destruction.

Some scholars suggest that political violence today differs from previous forms of violence in that groups no longer seek to achieve concrete goals, but rather die and kill in the name of sacred ideals. This volume builds on the assumption that warfare in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries always has represented a clash or competition between sacred symbols. Collective acts of violence have occurred-are considered legitimate and righteous-when undertaken in the name of idealized objects given names like "France," "Germany," and "America."

This interdisciplinary volume will consist of articles presenting the insights of scholars from the fields of history, anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology-with the objective of illuminating the causes and meanings of an institution or activity whose persistence threatens the survival of the human species.

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Lecturer in International Relations

University College London (UCL) wishes to appoint a Lecturer to join its International Relations team and contribute to research and teaching in International Relations within the Department of Political Science.

UCL is a multi-faculty college of the University of London with a population of over 17,000 students, from more than 130 different countries. It is ranked in most league tables as one of the top five universities not only in the UK but also in Europe and among the top 25 world wide. The UCL Department of Political Science has quickly established itself as a leading international centre for political research. Britain's only department to specialise in graduate teaching and research, it offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of all fields of politics, including international relations, political theory, comparative politics and public policy-making and administration.

The new lecturer will be expected to undertake research of the highest international standards within his or her own specialist field which will contribute to the research standing and culture of the School. Candidates must have a proven track record of publications in leading journals and a demonstrated ability to win grant-funding. They will be expected to contribute to courses for the popular MSc in International Public Policy and to offer complementary optional courses to the programme. Applications are welcomed from any area of IR.

This appointment is available from 1 September 2007 on the UCL salary scale Grade 7/8 at Lecturer A/B in the range £30,012 per annum to £40,335 per annum plus £2,572 London Allowance per annum.

Further details of the post including the application procedure may be requested from

UCL is Taking Action For Equality.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 2nd July 2007.

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Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowships 2008-2009

Location: District of Columbia, United States
Fellowship Date: 2007-10-01

The Woodrow Wilson Center awards approximately 20-25 residential fellowships annually in an international competition. Successful fellowship applicants submit outstanding proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities on national and/or international issues. Topics and scholarship should relate to key public policy challenges or provide the historical and/or cultural framework to illuminate policy issues of contemporary importance. Fellows should be prepared to interact with policymakers in Washington and with Wilson Center staff who are working on similar topics.

Eligibility: Applications from any country are welcome. Men and women with outstanding capabilities and experience from a wide variety of backgrounds are eligible for appointment. For academic participants, eligibility is limited to the post-doctoral level. Academic candidates must demonstrate their scholarly development by publications beyond their Ph.D. dissertation. For other applicants, an equivalent level of professional achievement is expected. Applicants should have a very good command of spoken English, since the Center is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas among its Fellows.

Stipend: In general, the Center tries to ensure that the stipend provided under the fellowship, together with the Fellow's other sources of funding (e.g., grants secured by the applicant and sabbatical allowances), approximate a Fellow's regular salary.

Fellows are provided private offices, Windows-based computers, and research assistants. Professional librarians provide access to the Library of Congress, universities and special libraries in the area, and other research facilities. The Center holds one round of competitive selection per year.

Woodrow Wilson Center
Scholar Selection and Services Office
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027

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SGIR Mailing list

About Sgir-news

The SGIR maintains a mailing list associated with the its Newsletter. Its purpose is to disseminate information about SGIR activities, and other items relevant to the IR community in Europe and abroad.

To subscribe, read the archived messages or to unsubscribe, click here.

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The politics of secularism, the politics of religion



Convenors: Luca Mavelli, PhD Candidate University of Wales,
Aberystwyth(; Ed Frettingham, PhD Candidate
University of Wales, Aberystwyth (

Much recent work on religion in IR has concentrated on investigating
the nature and implications of the 'global resurgence of religion',
the extent to which this resurgence challenges assumptions about the
secular character of international politics, and the role played by
religion in modern politics. What has received less attention,
however, is the political impact and role of secularism as a set of
doctrines and practices, and the possible connections between the
politics of secularism and the resurgence of religion. Discussion of
religion in IR would be arguably enriched through research into not
only the identity and politics of religion(s) and the behaviour of
religious actors, but also the nature of secularisms and their role in
political life.

This panel seeks to explore the assumptions implicit in different
conceptions of secularism (laïcité, common ground secularism, civic
religion etc), the political effects they produce, and their
relationship with religion(s).

Questions addressed might include:

- What is secularism, what forms does it take and what role does
secularism play in modern politics?

- Where, and on what basis, is the boundary between the secular and
the religious drawn?

- How do varieties of secularism influence the nature of political
interventions by religious actors? How do they define what constitutes
acceptable forms of religion?

- How do perceptions and interpretations of religion(s) affect the
politics of secularism?

- To what extent has secularism contributed to the resurgence of
religion, or vice versa?

This panel aims to contribute to the debate on religion in
international politics through exploring its relationship with
secularism. We welcome both theoretical and empirical explorations of
these issues.

Please contact us if you would like more information; if you would be
interested in presenting a paper please send an abstract by Friday
25th May. We also invite offers to contribute to the panel as chair or

Many thanks,

Ed Frettingham
Luca Mavelli

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Politikon - The IAPSS Journal of Political Science

The Editorial Board of Politikon, the International Association for Political Science Students' Academic Journal, invites graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers for review and possible publication.

Founded in 2001, the journal is published twice yearly and distributed in hard copy and online to more than 10,000 IAPSS members in more than 40 countries on every continent. Politikon publishes the best in undergraduate and graduate student scholarship from around the world. Politikon is recognised globally for its position as one of the leading academic journals publishing the work of students from across the fields of political science and international relations. The peer-review and refereeing process involves full Professors, leading academics and experts from across the world and abstracts from Politikon are included in the International Political Science Association's (IPSA) Annual International Political Science Abstracts.

Politikon is funded through contributions from both private and public institutions. These have included local and regional political science associations from throughout Europe and, in recent times, the European Commission. As well, Politikon benefits from IAPSS's partnerships with other established political science associations - including IPSA, the International Studies Association (ISA) and the European Political Science Network (epsNet) - with Politikon authors being invited to attend and present their research at major conferences and seminars. Events where Politikon authors have been invited include the 2006 ISA Annual Convention in San Diego and the 2007 IPSA Congress in Fukuoka, with authors also being invited to the forthcoming 2007 ISA Annual Convention in Chicago and 2007 epsNet Plenary Conference in Ljubljana..

In a crowded academic publication market Politikon has carved out a niche, becoming on of the longest standing and most highly regarded journals of political science and international relations for students in the world.

Articles submitted to the journal should meet the following standards:
- English language
- 4000 - 7000 words, including footnotes
- Microsoft Word or RTF file format
- Fully referenced in Harvard style (see
- An abstract of no more than 125 words
- Biographical information of the author (no more than 50 words)
- Be concerned with political science, international relations, international law, political economy, public policy or a related field. For this issue the Editorial Board is particularly interested in articles which consider minority, identity and Roma issues.

Submissions should be emailed directly to A reply confirming receipt will be sent within 48 hours. All submissions should be received no later than 30th June 2007.

For more information visit:

Best wishes,
Dylan Kissane
Editorial Board
Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science

Doctoral Candidate
School of International Studies
University of South Australia

Ph: +33 8 70 46 69 13

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WISC Second Global International Studies Conference


Theme: What keeps us apart, what keeps us together? International Order, Justice, Values

Encouraged by the success of its first conference in Istanbul in 2005, the World International Studies Committee agreed in San Diego in 2006 that the next conference would take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA), in cooperation with the local host and all the members of the World International Studies Committee (WISC), has been entrusted with organizing the conference. The WISC is committed to making this conference truly global. We are determined to bring together scholars who may not have an opportunity to attend many international studies conferences regularly, and make it possible for them to create lasting professional networks with scholars from all over the world. This is how the WISC strives to live up to its name and make this unique effort a success.

The theme of the conference connotes global tensions and dilemmas, as well as cooperative possibilities. Furthermore, the theme invites debates on patterns of inclusion and exclusion. Finally, we want to encourage looking at global and regional problems through different lenses and from varying perspectives. Our general aim is to bring together scholars from all parts of the world to examine the contrasting perspectives on global problems and to set the agenda for our future explorations of international relations, broadly conceived.

The Programme Committee will organize three plenary roundtables on the themes of ‘International Order’, ‘Global Justice’ and ‘Global Values’ with participants drawn from different quarters of the globe.

In addition to the general conference theme, the Programme Committee wishes particularly to encourage panels or papers on the following themes:
1. Contemporary balance(s) of power: material and ideational power
2. New wars, conflicts and soft security issues
3. Human rights, duties and needs
4. Regional integration: formal and informal processes
5. Contending perspectives on environmental threats
6. Global civil society
7. International organizations: the politics of reform and effectiveness
8. Geopolitics, geoeconomics and geocultures
9. Identity issues and fundamentalism
10. Theorizing IR: the function and dysfunction of biases and simplicity
11. Global patterns of illicit flows: people, money and commodities
12. New trends in diplomacy and foreign policy
13. The values and pathologies of global pluralism
14. Power and Ethics in IR
15. Contemporary Foreign Policy Strategies of the G6:
the USA, the EU, China, India, Brazil and Russia
16. Global capitalism, globalization and neoliberal strategies
17. Politics of Migration
18. Teaching International Relations – techniques and priorities

This list is in no sense restrictive. The Committee invites submissions for panels or papers on other themes or topics as well.

The Conference is open to all members of any WISC member organization and to others with like interests in the scholarly and practical aspects of international studies. The Programme Committee reserves the right to refuse permission to participate. Decisions of the Programme Committee are final.

Individuals may propose sections, panels or papers by completing the attached form to be available very soon on this website. A section consists of a number of panels (up to 10) on a particular theme. A panel consists of up to four papers, a discussant/chairperson, or it can take the form of a Round Table. Each panel lasts for 90 minutes. Papers givers will have not more than 12 minutes for their presentation, as will the discussant. Chairpersons of both panels and Round Tables should leave 30 minutes for discussion from the floor.

Papers will be given in English. It is expected that paper givers will circulate their paper to all other participants on their panel. In principle, the only equipment provided is an overhead projector, although equipment for a Powerpoint presentation may be provided if requested in advance. A paper will be allocated to an appropriate panel, tabled or rejected. Section and Panel proposals should include an international element among its participants or the Programme Committee may exercise its prerogative to include such an element. A tabled paper is an official contribution to the Conference but one that will not be discussed in a panel due to the exigencies of time, space or topic. Such papers may be uploaded on the Conference website.


The deadline for responding to submissions is 1 February 2008. The Programme Committee will, however, confirm acceptance of submissions before the deadline. This implies that early submission is recommended. Proposals received after the deadline, stipulated by the Programme Chairs, are unlikely to be included in the programme.

For full details visit the WISC website:

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Internship with International Studies Journal (ISJ) in Tehran

After successfully completing the first internship programme at ISJ in 2005, we are pleased to announce the details for the programme of 2007.

In 2005 we had selected three interns as listed below:
- Pr. Dr. Han van der Veen, Institut Univeristaire Europenne
- Mr. Ardin Djalali, Council of Europe
- Ms. Hedieh Kianyfar, North Eastern University of Cyprus.

Purpose of the internship programme
1. Internships for university professors, young scholars, and post-graduate students are available at the Office of International Studies Journal (ISJ) in Tehran. These internships are intended to:
a) Increase the intern's function on publishing an article and to be familiar with the publication of a quarterly at the international level by giving them an opportunity to work in an academic atmosphere; and
b) Provide ISJ with the assistance and contribution of outstanding young professors and post graduate students.
2. The relationship between ISJ and the interns is one of mutual benefit. Interns are assigned to practical and theoretical work. They are involved in: researching international issues (especially on human rights), providing and assisting the process of producing a quarterly (ISJ), assisting the editor-in-chief, making the connection between ISJ and other quarterlies, universities, and research centers. Assisting in the activities of ISJ seminar and workshops include information activities and the registration process of candidates to the workshop.

3. The names of interns will be published in ISJ for 2 issues as “ISJ interns”.

Qualifications required
4. Interns will be selected among university professors, post-graduate students or holders of a PhD in International Human Rights Law, International Law, International Relations, Political Science, History, and Social Sciences. Preference will be given to those, within these disciplines, who have specialized in human rights issues. Applicants must be sponsored by an academic institution and must have a good command of English and be familiar with French. The people also familiar with Persian are preferred. Drafting ability in either English or French is required.

Internship dates and duration
Interns will be selected 15 June and be required to work for a minimum period of three weeks from July 7 to 31.

Conditions of service
5. According to the Islamic Republic of Iran legislation, interns must respect Iranian criteria for foreign people. Interns are not paid and they will work as volunteers in ISJ office by conducting research and practical work.
6. Interns are assigned to work with the editor-in-chief who is responsible for providing them with a description of their duties and a work plan.
7. ISJ internships are not remunerated and interns are not considered officials or staff members of ISJ. Travel costs and living expenses must be borne by the interns themselves or by a sponsoring institution.
8. Interns must pay 150 Euro as prices for all issues of ISJ, books and other documents which are provided by ISJ for interns.
9. ISJ accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship. Interns must have their own health insurance. In case of illness or other circumstances that might prevent the completion of the internship, interns will inform editor-in-chief of ISJ.
10. There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship.
11. Regarding the problem of visa for our selected Americans interns in last year , ISJ can not make any promises for the obtaining of visas by US citizens but will try to facilitate it.
12. Interns are expected to work full-time and to carry out the duties assigned to them.
Procedure for applying
13. Applicants should submit the following documentation:

Letter of application;
CV + photo
2 recommendation letters by their university or sponsoring institution.

14. Closing dates for applications are 8 June.
Address for applications
Nema Milaninia , or
ISJ office, Apt 12 , No 337, Dolat st., CP 19446, Tehran , Iran .
Tel: (0098-21)22594417

For further information, please feel free to contact the following:
Pr. Dr. Mehdi Zakerian, (editor- in- chief) E-mail:

Nema Milaninia, (Executive Director)

International Studies Journal (ISJ) "Iranian Democrtic View of International Affairs"
Address: ISJ, Aprt. 12, No. 337, Shaheed Kolahdooz St.,
CP 1944685455, Tehran, Iran.
Tel: (+98-21) 22594417
Fax: (+98-21) 22594417

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Call for Papers - 5th EuPRA General Conference

Sakarya, TURKEY
August 21–24, 2007

The conference of the European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) in co-operation with Sakarya University, Department of International Relations.
Conference Coordinator: Dr. Nesrin Kenar, Assistant Professor, Sakarya University

- SECTION 1: Threats of Terrorism and Peace and Future of Security in Europe
- SECTION 2: Borders of Civilizations in Europe
- SECTION 3: Politics of Identity and Reconstructing European Union
- SECTION 4: Occidentalism and Orientalism in Europe After 9/11
- SECTION 5: Cultures of Citizenship and Democracy in Europe
- SECTION 6: The Role of International Organizations ( UN, NATO, OSCE and EU) in the Globalized International System
- SECTION 7: Peace and War in Southeastern Europe
- SECTION 8: The Role of NGOs in Crisis-management, Peace-building and Reconciliation
- SECTION 9: Political Economy
- SECTION 10: US Foreign Policy
- SECTION 11: Turkey in 21. Century

**If you would like your abstract to be considered for one of the featured panels, please clearly indicate that on your submission.

Other sections to be formed in accordance with the proposals and papers by the participants.

The programme structure, especially as regards workshops, is still quite flexible and can be reformed in accordance with the proposals from the participants. Especially it should be noted that although the main theme of the conference is 'CHALLENGES OF PEACE AND DEMOCRACY IN EUROPE' - this does imply that all papers should deal with Europe. On the contrary, the contents of the working groups should reflect the research being carried out at present within the European peace research community.

Conference language is English. Presented papers will be published.

APPLICATION: If interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel/workshop in the 2007 EuPRA Conference, please submit:
PAPER TITLE (and Panel theme and paper titles if applicable)

Please indicate your willingness to serve as a session MODERATOR and/or DISCUSSANT.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15th June 2007

Important Deadlines and Dates
15th June 2007 - Deadline for receipt of abstracts
30th June 2007 - Decisions on acceptance/rejection of abstracts by Conveners
10 Agust 2007 - Final date for registration by presenters of papers (otherwise paper will be withdrawn from the conference programme)
21–24 August 2007 EuPRA Conference in Sakarya

For information and registration, contact:
Sakarya University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of International Relations, Sakarya, Adapazarý, Turkey

Conference Administration:
Tel: 00 90 264 295 63 72
Fax: 00 90 264 295 62 33

Conference Coordinator: Dr. Nesrin Kenar, Assistant Professor, Sakarya University
e-mail :

Conference secreteria:
Murat Yesiltas,,
Ali Balcý,
Yýldýrým Turan

We welcome proposals reflecting various empirical, theoretical, and methodological approaches in the social sciences. We encourage all members to disseminate this message to those who might be interested in submitting a paper proposal in the conference. Please indicate your section.

Send all paper proposals to by June 15th.

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Summer School on Europe in the International Security Order

The International Institute for Politics and Economics (HAUS RISSEN HAMBURG) and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Hamburg University are organizing a summer school on

Europe in the International Security Order:
Concepts, Issues, and Trends
20 – 24 August 2007

The underlying concern of the summer school is to analyse various models for the EU’s international role. The EU has already achieved the status of a great economic power which is able to challenge the economic hegemony of the USA. However, in military terms, it has to be considered as relatively weak lacking any common political will. Should Europe concentrate its energies to develop strong defence and strategic capabilities independent from the USA and NATO? Or is the strength of Europe rather to be found in the cultural sector, namely to shape international moral and legal standards?

Please find the call for applications and the schedule on our website:

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Eckard Bolsinger
(stellv. Institutsdirektor)
Tel. (040) 81 907 12

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Extraordinary Professorship in European Studies - University of Tartu

EuroCollege, University of Tartu invites applications for an


for the period of September 1, 2007 until June 30, 2008.

The academic responsibilities of this extraordinary professorship will be the
implementation of the ESF co-financed project "Improving the academic education and
training of high level experts in European Union Affairs in Estonia".

The successful candidate will be in charge of:
- Developing an integrated research in European Studies aiming at enhancing the academic quality of the existing curricula;
- Preparing and implementing a long-term curricula development strategy;
- Teaching in chosen fields of interest, preferably in European Union Studies;
- Developing contacts with the international network of European Union studies;
- Designing and leading EU research seminars.

Candidates shall prove:
- PhD (preferably related to EU Studies)
- Experience in curricula development
- Strong research record in European Union Studies
- Relevant teaching experience at graduate level
- Very good cooperation and communication skills
- Excellent command of the English language

EuroCollege offers a unique opportunity for working in a dynamic and challenging academic environment in one of the most successful EU new member state with a competitive salary in the region (around 4000 EUR per month after taxes).

Candidates are asked to submit the following documents to the Personnel Department of the University of Tartu (postal address: 4, Jakobi St, Tartu 51014) by June 15, 2007:

- a letter of application to the Rector (in English)
- a curriculum vitae - - in the required format (in English)
- a list of research publications - - in the format required by UT (if necessary enclosing copies or off-prints important publications)
- a letter of recommendation
- a copy of the document certifying the candidate's educational qualifications and academic degree
- Further materials considered relevant by the candidate (a list of these materials is to be included in the application or annexed to it).

Additional information is available from the project manager, the Vice Director of the EuroCollege, University of Tartu, Ms. Katrin Olenko

E-mail:, Phone: +372 - 52 97 916, Website:

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Revamping the SGIR Newsletter

As the term of my Editorship draws to a close, I felt the need to update the Newsletter in form and function. Frankly I got tired of having to write the web page code each time. A 'blog' makes so much more sense - all the information to you without considerable work on my part!

Furthermore, a blog allows for more frequent updates to the information. So instead of just twice a year, the SGIR Newsletter/blog is updated whenever items of interest arise.

By way of introduction, you may notice that on the right-hand side of the page there is a list of categories. These help to order the information according to type. Postings will be categorised for easier access.

In addition, postings are archived each month, and remain available.

One rather neat feature about blogs is that you can add comments to postings - just click the 'Send feedback' link at the bottom of any posting. This might be useful if you seek clarification about a posting, or you want to report on a conference you attended, or offer your thoughts on a publication listed.

Other than the 'cosmetic' change, the SGIR Newsletter remains the same. Items of interest can still be mailed to the Editor at Using a blog means that they will be posted much quicker.

You can still subscribe to the Newsletter e-mailing list (see the relevant message in this blog). For the more technically-savvy of you an RMS feed is available for subscription.

You can expect much more information to come your way via the SGIR Newsletter. First up, see the announcement of a position at the University of Tartu.

Christopher Jones,
SGIR Newsletter Editor & Webmaster.

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