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24Jul 2015

RC-24 Call for Papers, IPSA World Congress, July 23-28, 2016, Istanbul, TURKEY

IPSA Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society (RC-24) 



Sponsor:  International Political Science Association (IPSA), Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society (RC-24)

Interdisciplinary research on the armed forces and civil society has focused on a variety of subjects, including civil-military relations, the role of the military in politics, and military organization and psychology.  In the early years of the discipline, a great deal of research concentrated on explaining coups and military-led authoritarian regimes in the developing world. Later, in the 1980s and 1990s, with Third Wave democratizations underway, interest shifted to studying civilian control of the armed forces and security sector reform.  Presently, events, such as the Arab Spring as well as coups in the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia, demonstrate that the study of armed forces and society continues to be significant for scholars, analysts, and policy makers.  Attention has shifted towards military attitudes, warfare in urban settings, as well as peacekeeping, humanitarian, and other similar deployments around the world.  Robust scholarship has led to the proliferation of monographs, edited volumes, and innumerable articles in such journals as Armed Forces & Society, the Journal of Political & Military Sociology, and other publications geared towards disseminating research within the field.

IPSA’s Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society (RC 24) invites paper proposals for our closed panels at the IPSA World Congress in Istanbul, in July 2016.  We welcome papers exploring a range of topics within the scope of national and international security that touch on issues related to armed forces and society.  Papers that review and analyze the current state of the literature are particularly encouraged to apply.  New empirical and/or theoretical studies analyzing significant issues of civil-military relations, national, and international security, or similar research is also welcome.  Both RC-24 members and non-members are encouraged to submit paper proposals.  However, if selected to participate in a panel at the World Congress, you must become a member of IPSA.  Participants in RC-24 panels are granted membership in RC 24. 

On August 7th the call for papers will open at the IPSA Istanbul World Congress website: https://www.ipsa.org/world-congress-istanbul-2016  October 7th is the deadline to submit RC 24’s closed panels.  Please submit your paper proposal (abstract up to 350 words) to the RC Chair, Marybeth Ulrich, abstracts (up to 350 words), by August 7th: marybeth.p.ulrich.civ@mail.mil  The organizing committee will then create the RC’s closed panel topics based on the submitted paper proposals.  Between September 7th and October 7th you will then receive an invitation to submit your paper proposal to a specific RC-24 closed panel.  At that time you will go to the World Congress website to attach your paper to the designated panel.  For further information about the 2016 World Congress, consult the website above.  Please encourage your colleagues to participate in what promises to be an outstanding set of RC-24 panels in Istanbul.   

Organizing Committee: Yaprak Gursoy, Neovi Karakatsanis, Giray Sadik, Jonathan Swarts, and Marybeth Ulrich


01Sep 2014

Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society Newsletter

Five RC-24 Panels at World Congress in Montreal

RC24 had a strong showing at the 23rd World Congress of Political Science held in Montreal, Canada, July 19-24, 2014. Our committee sponsored five panels, in which a total of 18 papers were presented. The panels were wide-ranging in focus, including issues of national security, military intervention in politics, regional security, comparative civil-military relations and contemporary security challenges. The panels and participants were:

Contemporary Issues in National Security Professionalism

Charles Allen, United States Army War College, “Beyond the Uniform: Lessons for the Senior Military Officer.” Marybeth Ulrich, United States Army War College, “Politics and the American Military: Assessing the Impact of Retired Officers’ Political Activism on Civilian Supremacy in the United States.” Özlem Arzu Azer, Kadir Has University, Turkey, “Rethinking of Security and Rising Trend of Military Keynesianism.” Gonenc Uysal, King’s College London, “Understanding the Impact of Modernity on Civil-Military Relations.”

The Military in Politics: Comparative Issues in Military Intervention and Rule

Martin Needler, Monterey Institute of International Studies, “Farewell to the Latin American Military Coup?” Jonathan Swarts, Purdue University North Central; Neovi Karakatsanis, Indiana University South Bend, “Johnson, Nixon and Athens: Changing USForeign Policy towards the Greek Military Dictatorship.” Malcolm Easton, University of California, Davis, “Leader Survival After a Failed Coup d’Etat.” Marybeth Ulrich, United States Army War College; Carol Atkinson, University of Southern California, “Military Professionalism and Political Change in the Middle East: Explaining Institutional Support for Democratization.”

Issues in Regional Security and Armed Forces and Society

Alexandre Fuccille, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Brazil, “Brazil and theConstruction of a Security Community in South America.” Joyce Gelb, City University of New York, “Child Care Policy in the United States Military: Model for the US and Other Nations?” Andrew Glassberg, University of Missouri – St. Louis, “Long Term Community Impact of Military Base Closures.” Constantine Danopoulos, San Jose State University, “The Rule of Law and the Quality of Democracy in Greece.”

Issues in Comparative Civil-Military Relations

Giray Sadik, Yilidirim Beyazit University, Turkey, “How to Explain EU and NATO Roles in the Security Reforms of Turkey?” Takako Hikotani, National Defense Academy, Japan, “The Civil-Military Gap in Japan: Comparing the 2004 and 2013 Surveys.” Carol Atkinson, University of Southern California, “The Impact of US and NATO Professional Military Exchanges on Bulgaria’s Transition to Democracy.”

Contemporary Security Challenges

Symeon Giannakos, Salve Regina University; Laurie J. Harper, Salve Regina University, “Education, Identity, and Conflict in Albania and Lebanon: A Comparative Study.” Jan Black, Monterey Institute of International Studies, “Indigenous Defense Strategies around the World and the Mapuche Quest for Autonomy.” George Woods, United States Army War College, “Relationship Management in Today’s Coalition Environment.”

01Sep 2014

IPSA_RC-24: Business Meeting

At the RC24 Business Meeting, held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, Giray Sadik was elected Vice President of the Research Committee (through July 2018). Congratulations, Giray!

01Sep 2014

Upcoming IPSA and RC-24 Conferences

April 2015, RC24 Conference in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA

RC24 will be gathering at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA in April 2015, holding a conference of the Research Committee at the same time as the Strategic Studies Institute’s annual Strategy Conference there. Members of RC24 who cannot travel to Carlisle are encouraged to participate in the conference via teleconferencing. Information on the conference, including dates and a call for papers will be circulated soon by RC24 President, Marybeth Ulrich.

July 21-22, 2016, RC24 Pre-conference in Skopje

In conjunction with the 24th World Congress of IPSA, RC24 will be hosting a preconference in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, July 21-22, 2016, including a group trip from Skopje to Istanbul for those attending the World Congress. Information on the pre-conference will be forthcoming soon.

July 23-28,2016, IPSA World Congress

The 24th World Congress of the IPSA will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.