Call for Proposals: Workshop on International Relations at the Global and Regional Level

The structure of international relations at both the global and regional levels has undergone dramatic changes over the last decade. Declining U.S. power has eroded unipolarity, opening opportunities for external competitors such as Russia and China to expand their role in the Middle East. Traditional U.S. alliances have experienced significant turbulence, while other relationships have grown closer. The Gulf Cooperation Council has been ripped apart by the Saudi-UAE blockade of Qatar just as the U.S. had hoped to unite Arab allies to confront Iran. The grinding wars in Yemen and Syria have produced untold human misery, as international and regional powers fight for influence on the terrain of shattered states. Israel has made significant inroads in forging alliances with Arab states despite the absence of any progress towards resolution of the Palestinian issue. What are the connections between the changes at the international level and the new patterns of conflict and cooperation at the regional level? Should we understand these disruptions as primarily driven by the policy choices of the Trump administration or by deeper structural factors? Which alliances will thrive and which will not?

To explore these questions, the Project on Middle East Political Science and Princeton University’s Bobst-AUB Collaborative Initiative invite proposals for participation in a workshop to be held at AUB in Beirut on October 30-31, 2018.

The workshop will revolve around the discussion of short papers of approximately 2000 words, circulated at least two weeks prior to the workshop. The workshop will discuss each paper intensively, and after revisions all papers will be edited and published as an issue of the open access POMEPS Studies series. Participants should be at least a degree candidate (i.e. ABD –for those unfamiliar with the U.S. system, please note this means PhD candidates who have completed all coursework) or have a PhD in Political Science or related discipline. All travel expenses will be covered.

Proposals should include a one paragraph summary of the paper and a CV. To submit a proposal, please use this form. Proposals must be submitted via the form below (or via this link) by June 25, 2018. If you have problems with the form, please email Ms. Stephanie Dahle at