Call for Papers

This year conference panels will be structured slightly differently from in the past. Each panel will consist of the presentation of an academic paper followed by discussions amongst the panelists and with the audience. 

To this end, we are inviting paper proposals addressing either:

  1. One of the six panel topics listed below, or; 
  2. Another topic that the proposer believes may be of interest to the Fletcher community. Collaborative submissions (several alumni and/or current students) are welcome.

For each panel, 1-2 successful proposals will be chosen. Please note that only Fletcher alumni, professors, and students are eligible to submit paper proposals. Each panel at the fall conference will consist of a paper presentation by the author(s) followed by responses from 1-2 fellow experts in the field (chosen from the Fletcher community and beyond, and based on the specific content of the successful paper proposals).

Following the conference, presenters will have their revised papers preferentially considered for publication in one of Fletcher’s four academic journals: The Fletcher Forum, The Fletcher Security Review, Praxis, and Al-Nakhlah.

Proposals should be approximately 250-300 words and include a title. They should be accompanied by a one-paragraph bio and a CV, and should be submitted via the attached “Paper Proposal Form” to the appropriate panel organizer (& cc’d to no later than March 30, 2014. 

Fletcher Doctoral Conference Paper Proposal Form

The panels are as follows:

  1. International Security Studies: “Proliferation Cascades”
    Are "proliferation cascades" legitimate phenomena in history, or are they merely isolated incidents or coincidences? Can in fact the acquisition by one state of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons and/or related delivery systems lead to proliferation-positive outcomes in neighboring states? In the case of the Middle East today, would an Iranian nuclear bomb lead to other nearby states acquiring their own nuclear capability?

    Panel Organizer: Rizwan Ladha

  2. International Security Studies: “ASEAN & China: Evolving Relationships”
    How has China's relationship with ASEAN and with ASEAN member states evolved since the beginning of the reform era? Have Beijing's interests in Southeast Asia also evolved? Has Beijing altered how it has pursued its interests in the region? What is the trajectory of China-Southeast Asian relations in the coming years?  

    Panel Organizer: Andrew Taffer

  3. Southwest Asia: “Regional Affects of Iranian-Western Rapprochement”
    What are the effects of Iranian-Western rapprochement in Southwest Asia? How has rapprochement affected U.S.-Israeli and U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council relations? What impact has it had in Lebanon and Syria? How might the effect of rapprochement change in the future?

    Panel Organizer: Massaab Al-Aloosy

  4. International Environmental and Resource Policy: “Financing Global Public Goods”
    What are the most interesting new developments in the financing of global public goods? Papers that focus on the various actors, their changing roles and strategies, and innovative delivery approaches of global public goods are encouraged.

    Panel Organizer: Rishikesh Bhandari

  5. International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution: “Internal and External Conflict Management Efforts in a Changing World”
    In the ever-changing global landscape, efforts at managing and ending conflicts appear as troubled as ever, especially for third parties grappling for leverage. Are the strategies and methods of third party intervention changing, do third parties have increasing or decreasing leverage, and what are the implications of such changes for the future of conflict management? These questions are relevant in Syria, Iran, South Sudan, North Korea, and Somalia, among many other conflicts and we encourage exploration of any/all relevant cases.

    Panel Organizer: Benjamin Spatz

  6. International Political Economy: “Currency & Regional Integration”
    What effect has the E.U. crisis had on other regional blocs? To what extent has the Euro crisis affected optimal currency theory? Will we see more regional currencies emerge in the next decade?

    Panel Organizer: Mohannad Al-Suwaidan

  7. Other Proposed Topic
Contact with these proposals.

Authors whose paper proposals are selected must submit a first draft of the full paper by May 15, 2014. Any general questions about panels should be addressed to Conference Coordinator, Sarah Detzner ( We look forward to your proposals!

Fletcher Doctoral Conference Paper Proposal Form