CFP: Annual Conference of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP) - September 6 to 8, 2018 (University of Turin)

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Changing alliances and power rearrangement in the Middle East: towards a new regional order?

Section: International Relations – Panel 16

The Annual Conference of the Italian Political Science Association (SISP, Società Italiana di Scienza Politica) will take place at the University of Turin from the 6th to the 8th of September 2018. The conference is organized by the Department of Culture, Politics and Society. The SISP Executive Board has designated this panel and a call for papers to fill it is now open through May 20.    

The panel aims at discussing the ongoing situation in the Middle East by relying primarily on existing theoretical perspectives developed within IR theory. Many scholars (Fawcett, Hinnebusch, Korany, Halliday, Owen, Walt) have given their own original contributions to the matter. We are open to receiving papers which propose new contributions. Moreover, it is particularly interesting for us to approach the processes framed within the post-Arab Spring, which has been actively affected by extra-regional actors (Russia, the EU, United States, and China) and by other regional actors, and the effects of this pressure in order to consolidate changing or continuation of the former regimes. We welcome proposals which both have a focus on theoretical aspects and explore single case studies. This panel seeks to bring together interested academics and others to discuss the state of addressing various aspects of the contemporary international relations of the Middle East. Potential topics for a productive discussion around the general theme of new regional order include, but are not limited to: the role of a specific country, relations between two or more countries, or those which stress the importance of particular factors in shaping and altering alliances (power distribution, energy, religion, perceived threats and so forth).

The deadline for submission of abstracts (200 words maximum) is May 20th 2018. You will be informed of the result by June 10th 2018. Abstracts can be submitted by email in Word or PDF format. Please include contact information as well as your institutional affiliation.

Submissions should be emailed to

Alberto Gasparetto (University of Padua)                        alberto.gasparetto@gmail.com   

Federico Donelli (University of Genoa)                            donellifed@gmail.com