Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

5th Annual Conference of the British International Studies Association working group on US foreign policy

14 September 2010 - 15 September 2010
All day
Conference
University House, University of Leeds

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Second day programme for the US foreign policy conference

Wednesday 15 September 2010: provisional programme

9.00am: Parallel Session Two.

2A. Democracy Promotion I. Location Great Woodhouse. Chair: Jack Holland (Leeds)
  • Nicolas Bouchet (Institute for the Study of the Americas, London): Talking Less, Doing More? Barack Obama’s Democracy Promotion at Mid-Term.
  • Danial R. McCarthy (Aberyswyth): Promoting Peace through Property: Towards a conceptual analysis of property rights in theories of American democracy promotion.
  • Andrew Hammond and Oz Hassan (University of Warwick): US Democracy Promotion and Afghan Freedom: Where are we Now?
  • Scott A. W. Brown (Glasgow): The US and the EU’s Debate on the China Arms Embargo.
2B. Intellectuals and Foreign Policy. Location: St. George. Chair: Lee Marsden (UEA)
  • David Milne (UEA): The George F. Kennan Diaries.
  • Inderjeet Parmar (Manchester): The lethal effects of US soft power: Chile as neo-liberal and ‘third way’ laboratory, 1956-1990.
  • Mark Ledgwidge (Edgehill):The African-American foreign affairs network and the Formation of the United Nations 1944-1947.
  • Kubilay Arin (Munich): Neoconservative think tanks and policy entrepreneurship in US foreign policy.

10.30am: Coffee.

10.45am: Parallel Session Three.

3A. Counter Terrorism and Human Rights. Location: Great Woodhouse. Chair: Maureen Ramsay (Leeds)
  • Kirstin Janssen (German Council on Foreign Relations): Detention Policy as a Tool in Combating Terrorism: The Lonely and Rocky Road of the United States.
  • Andrea Prasow (Human Rights Watch, Washington DC): TBC.
  • Rebecca Sanders (Toronto): (Im)plausible Legality: Security Practices, Human Rights Abuses, and the Politics of Law in the American “Global War on Terror”.
  • Jason Ralph (Leeds): Easier said than done. The politics of closing Guantanamo.
3B. Grand Strategy and Transatlanticism. Lcoation: St George. Chair: Phil Cerny (Rutgers)
  • Ed Lock (UWE): The theoretical, practical and political limits of Realist accounts of American power and US grand strategy.
  • David García Cantalapiedra (Madrid): US Foreign Policy, Transatlantic Relations and Alliance Security Dilemma 2001-2008.
  • Jack Holland (Leeds): Framing the War on Terror:  Selling Intervention in Britain and America.
  • Jamie Gaskarth (Plymouth): The Price of Influence? The United States’ War on Terror and Britain’s collusion with torture.
  • Chirstine S. Otsver (Universität München): High Expectations but Low Results? Transatlantic Relations Under Obama.

12.15pm: Buffet lunch, includes 1pm to 1.30pm for Annual General Meeting in St. George Room. 

1.30pm: Parallel Session Four.

4A. Neoconservatives and Ideology. Lcoation: Great Woodhouse. Chair: Ed Luck (UWE)
  • Maria Ryan (University of Nottingham): “Exporting Democracy”? Neoconservatism and the Limits of Military Intervention.
  • Tim Lynch (Institute for the Study of the Americas, London): Neoconservatives and US foreign policy: an interim assessment.
  • McClelland (Bham): Exporting Virtue: Democracy Promotion, Neoconservatism and the End of History.
  • George Tzogopoulos (Bodossakis post-doctoral fellow, ELIAMEP): A Rebirth of Neoconservatism?
4B. Nuclear Weapons: from hero to zero. Location: St George. Chair: Trevor McCrisken (Warwick)
  • Andrew Futter (Bham): Towards a World Full of Missile Defences? US Ballistic Missile Defence and Nuclear Abolition.
  • Benjamin Zala (Bham): The Obama Administration and the Role and Status of Nuclear Weapons in World Politics.
  • David Dunn (Bham): US Nuclear Weapons Policy and Regional Security.
  • Subrata Ghoshroy (MIT): US foreign and security policy: not easy to change.

3.00pm: Coffee.

3.15pm: Parallel Session Five.

5A. Democracy Promotion and Human Rights II. Location: (Great Woodhouse). Chair: Jason Ralph (Leeds)
  • Boys (American International University, London): What’s So Extraordinary About Rendition?
  • Alex Homolar-Riechmann (Peace Research Institute, Frankfurt): Imperialism with a Friendly Face? US Security Policy in the 21st Century.
  • Barbara Morazanni (Bham): Forced to Act? International Law, Human Rights Violations, and US Security Policy.
  • Atef Al-Saadawy (Democracy Review): Promoting Democracy in the Arab World: New Ideas for US Policy.
  • Jeff Bridoux (Aberystwyth): Going back to Gramsci. A critique of Robinson's Promoting Polyarchy.
5B. US Foreign Policy and Videogames. Location: St George. Chair: Brad Evans
  • Nick Robinson (University of Leeds): Joystick Unilateralism? Understanding representations of US foreign policy within videogames.
  • Neil Stott (Brunel University): Anticipating military work; digital games as a source of anticipatory socialization.
  • Gareth Crabtree (University of Manchester): Playing at war: U.S. military simulation games and the politics of control.

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