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Call for Papers: Who Shall Lead? America’s Past, Present, and Future Engagement in the World

The America in the World Consortium invites Ph.D. students, early-career scholars, and early-career policy practitioners to submit paper proposals for a one-day conference on the multifaceted dimensions of U.S. engagement with the world, spanning historical origins, modern challenges, and future trajectories.

Against this backdrop, we are interested in works addressing four broad themes:

  • Historical Perspectives: Exploring American foreign policy’s evolution and assessing the impact of key historical events and leaders on U.S. foreign policy decisions.
  • Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities: Examining great power competition and evaluating the impact of security threats on U.S. national security strategies.
  • Alliances and Partnerships: Analyzing their importance in maintaining global stability as well as how to strengthen existing alliances and form new collaborations.
  • New Domains: Investigating the implications of technological advancement, cyber threats, information warfare, and economic statecraft and security.

The AWC and its academic partners, the Clements Center for National Security (UT-Austin), the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs (JHU-SAIS), the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy, and the University of Florida’s Hamilton Center for Classical and Civic Education are convening an interdisciplinary conference which examines America’s role in shaping global dynamics, fostering transnational cooperation and security, and addressing pressing foreign issues. In each of the conference themes above, we seek to provide fresh insights, foster future scholarship, and stimulate discussions that ultimately contribute to a thorough understanding of America’s role in the world.

The AWC will cover travel, meals, and lodging for paper presenters who are selected to participate. The conference will be held at the University of Texas at Austin on March 28, 2024.

To ensure a wide range of perspectives, the organizers welcome proposals from PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, early career academic professionals, and early career policy practitioners. Disciplines of interest are not limited, but generally include history, political science, international relations, public policy, and area studies. We are interested in thought-provoking works at various stages of readiness.

Please send a 2-page abstract of your proposed presentation to by Friday, December 1, 2023.

Presentations will be 12-15 minutes, with 5 additional minutes for Q&A. The organizers will review proposals immediately but will hold responses until shortly after December 1.