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IPCR connects theory and policy at ISA Conference

Anthony anis-St. ohn

Mohammed Abu-Nimer

Reina Neufeldt

Julie Mertus

Sheherazade afari

Courtney Hess MA/IPCR ‘11

New Orleans was not only host to Mardi Gras in the month of February, but also the International Studies Association’s 51st An- nual Convention. e theme of this year’s conference was ‘eory vs. Policy? Connect- ing Scholars and Practitioners’.

Amongst the convention goers and Mardi Gras revelers were several IPCR student and faculty members.

Professor Anthony Wanis-St. John chaired a panel titled “Bridging eory and Practice in Peacebuilding.” e panel also included fellow IPCR faculty member, Professor Mohammed Abu-Nimer, who also chaired a panel titled “Building Research, Policy and Practice at the Intersections of Peacebuilding and Development: Lessons from the Field.”

Wanis-St. John also presented a paper during a panel on the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. He spoke on a similar topic during a panel event he initiated at the Wil- son Center in October, co-sponsored by the IPCR program and the Institute for Inclusive


Professor Reina Neufeldt presented her paper ‘Laying Foundations: Conflict Analysis as Intervention in Humanitarian Emergency Contexts’. “It looks at how conflict analysis was integrated into emergency humanitarian response in East Timor and Aceh, Indonesia, and assesses the degree to which analysis created an initial platform for longer term peacebuilding work,” said Neufeldt.

A panel on activism and advocacy in Palestine featured three SIS affiliated panel- ists, Timothy Seidel (MA/IPCR ’03), Sarah Scruggs (MA/IPCR ’09), and Maia Carter Hallward (PhD/SIS ’06).

Professor Julie Mertus chaired a panel on International Organizations and Hu- man Rights. She also participated in two additional panels. A panel focused on Iraq, gave Mertus the opportunity to present her research on liberal feminist perspective on the conflict. During a panel on “Gender and Humanitarianism,” which also featured SIS

PhD candidate Tazreena Sajjad, Mertus pre- sented a paper titled ‘Leap Frog Feminism:

  • e Curious Case of Kosova.”

PhD Candidate Sheherazade Jafari par- ticipated in two panels and presented two papers related to women’s roles in foreign policy and peace processes. In addition, she was a member of the Feminist eory and Gender Studies working group, moderating one of the group’s sessions.

“Both papers provide important back- ground to my dissertation, as I am interested in the contentious politics framework and am looking at gender and identity in con- flict,” said Jafari said. “Further, as I plan to use a feminist perspective to international relations, the FTGS Working Group was particularly insightful.”

  • e weekend proved a fruitful opportu-

nity for IPCR faculty, alumni, and students contribute important peacebuilding concepts to ISA to further emphasize their importance in policy making.

(Photo Courtesy of Sheherazade Jafari)

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