Local Roots of Global Peace: International Conference on Global Security Studies

Call for Proposals
June 24-25, 2016
Eurasia International University, Yerevan (Armenia)

Sponsored by:
Eurasia Partnership Foundation (Armenia), Stonehill College (United States) and Eurasia International University (Armenia)

The end of the Cold War gave rise to new forms of conflict as well as cooperation; to increasingly globalized crime as well as supranational responses to them. The steep decline in inter-state wars and parallel, yet more intermittent, reduction in civil wars, has been an encouraging trend worldwide. Yet, in more immediate terms, humanitarian emergencies such as the Syrian civil war are still raging, with the death toll conservatively estimated by the United Nations at around 250,000 in 2014 and refugee flows of over 4.5 million. With evidence of both terror from above and terror from below in Syria and Iraq, these crises have far reaching implications outside of the region, including global terrorism and the refugee crises within the EU. Outside of the Middle East, other areas with frozen conflicts, de facto states, and unstable peace are creating instability, in a world politically and militarily divided.

In essence, the globalized world has become both more and less peaceful. On the one hand, there is a strong trend of cooperation between states, international organizations and civil society groups on various global problems that defy purely state-centric responses. On the other hand, push-back from states on the grounds of state sovereignty and geo-politics has also been significant. Whether in post-war Central America or Western Balkans, political solutions to armed conflicts developed a tendency to mutate to terrorism, corruption and organized crime such as trafficking in humans, drugs and weapons.

The purpose of this conference is to make sense of these seemingly disparate and contradictory trends. How do we explain and study the global decline in armed conflicts and the increase of crime against the backdrop of a globalized world? Is the 21st century shaping up to be more or less peaceful than the century before? What has led to an increase in global crime? What is global security? What are the effects of “frozen conflicts” on global security? What is a global security order? Is there one? How does the global economy affect levels of global crime? How should we think about those consequences of globalization that are “lawful but awful”?

The conference seeks to explore these questions in terms of their significance for Global Security Studies. Explaining how the experiences from developing countries confirm, conform and challenge traditional understandings of Global Security Studies is one of the overarching goals of the conference.

Paper abstracts are invited on the topics and themes listed below: 

  • Global security studies, old and new
  • Armed conflicts, active or frozen
  • Genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and international law
  • Restorative justice and reconciliation
  • Peace processes and peacebuilding practices
  • Terrorism, regional and global
  • Corruption (local, national and global) as a security threat
  • The nexus of networked crime and armed conflict
  • Human rights and global crimes
  • Structural violence
  • Poverty and human security
  • Energy security
  • Globalization, market economy and global security
  • Politics of gender, in war and peace
  • Media and propaganda, in war and peace
  • Regional organizations and regional security systems
  • International institutions, national actors and environmental security

Area focus is open but papers on post-Communist Eurasia and the Middle East are particularly welcome.

Application and Deadlines

Proposals should be submitted electronically to Elizabeth Thornton (Stonehill College, USA) at ethornton@stonehill.edu, no later than March 30. The world limit for abstracts is 300. Successful proposals will include clearly defined research goals and should be accompanied by a brief bio with current institutional affiliation of the applicant and full contact information.  Proposals will be reviewed by faculty members at Stonehill College (USA) and staff at Eurasia Partnership Foundation (Armenia). Decisions will be announced by April 15th. If accepted, full papers must be submitted by June 10th to Elizabeth Thornton (Stonehill College, USA) at ethornton@stonehill.edu.

Eligibility

Upper level undergraduate and graduate students working on issues related to global security studies are invited to submit proposals. Students from the Caucasus region, Iran, Russia and Turkey are particularly encouraged to apply. (For accepted presenters from Azerbaijan who are unable to attend the conference, on-line/skype delivery of their presentations will be arranged.) Conference proceedings will be published by Eurasia International University in Armenia and will be available via electronic access through Stonehill College and Eurasia Partnership Foundation.

Housing

Students outside of Armenia should contact Eurasia International University to arrange housing at the conference venue. Contact information for housing as well as questions on the conference logistics should be directed to Asya Hayrapetyan of Eurasia International University at asya.hayrapetyan@yahoo.com or info@eiu.am.