Nov 15, 2010

CfP: IPSA Triennial Conference, Ankara, 17-19/6/11

Dear Madam/Sir,
We would like to bring a major conference on civil-military relations to your kind attention. The Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society (RC 24) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) will hold its triennial international and interdisciplinary conference at Bilkent Hotel in Ankara, Turkey, 17-19 June 2011. The conference is organized in cooperation with Bilkent University.

Students of civil-military relations in Turkey are particularly encouraged to submit proposals. There will be at least 3 to 4 panels on civil-military relations in Turkey. Subject to availability, financial assistance may be awarded to presenters coming from Turkey.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the Conference Coordinator, Kathryn L. Wood at

The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2010. Participants will be notified by January 15th.

For further information, please visit the IPSA RC24 website ( Please also find below the call for papers.

We look forward to an exciting conference and seeing you there.

King regards,

Local Committee:
Prof. Metin Heper (chair)
Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis
Dr. Zeki Sarigil
Dr. Nil Satana
Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas

Call for Papers:
THEME: ARMED FORCES AND SOCIETY: NEW DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGES The empowerment of new social forces, including ethnic and religious groups, as democratization proceeds through fits and starts, as well as the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on U.S. soil and the response of the U.S. government to it, have generated substantial challenges to national security and civil-military relations.

Civilian and military authorities virtually everywhere are seeking to define their relationship in the new setting, and along the way overt or covert military intervention has re-appeared in some countries. In countries where the military has traditionally had the upper hand, the armed forces might have started to use the new challenges to justify their domination of politics. Consequently, domestic terrorists continue to develop international links, national security is being privatized, and numerous countries are discovering that well-armed armies and police forces cannot provide citizen security.

In some cases, conflict may develop between the police forces representing the civilian government and the military holding on to power in the political system. In other words, civil-military relations take on different forms in different constellation of countries, which obliges governments to deal with challenges in differing ways. The Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society of the International Political Science Association, in conjunction with Bilkent University, invite scholars, policymakers, military analysts, practitioners and all concerned to a three-day conference where these and related issues will receive scholarly attention and scrutiny.

The Organizing Committee encourages the submission of complete panel proposals (Chair, Discussant and three-four paper presentations) , but also welcomes individual submissions for chairing, discussing or presenting a paper. Panel and paper submissions require a title and a 200-word abstract for each paper. To inquire about the conference, please see our web page or contact RC Chair David R. Mares at dmares@ucsd. edu.

Proposals should be submitted directly to the Conference Coordinator Kathryn L. Wood at kwood1@email. Deadline for submissions will be December 1, 2010. We will notify participants by January 15th.

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