The American Political Science Association's (APSA) 2018 Annual Meeting takes place in Boston, MA from August 30 to September 2, 2018. Its theme is "Democracy and its Discontents," and APSA's Intelligence Studies Group is looking for papers that follow the CFP below. Proposals are due January 16, 2018 and can be submitted at: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/apsa/apsa18/.
Intelligence Studies Group Glenn Hastedt, James Madison University
Building on the theme of the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting, the Intelligence Studies Group invites papers that explore the challenges intelligence agencies face in carrying out its functions in periods where democracies are under stress due to increased voter discontent and other pressures. Normative as well as empirical analyses are welcome. A wide variety of potential paper topics fall under this heading ranging from nature of the operating relationship between intelligence agencies and policy makers to the nature of the tasks intelligence agencies are assigned and the manner in which they are carried out. It is envisioned that papers might address the challenges intelligence agencies face when democracies are under stress in historical or contemporary contexts and in both single country and comparative studies. Of particular interest are proposals that address the consequences of this challenging operating environment for the future of intelligence agencies and those that bring together academic and practitioner perspectives.