The BISA/ISA annual convention takes place in Edinburgh this week, and the NPCU’s Mark Pope and Ben O’Loughlin are appearing on several panels. Details are presented below. This is the first time we can remember the British International Studies Association and (US-led) International Studies Association combining for one event, and there look to plenty of interesting papers on political communication and especially the role of digital media in global politics right now. We hope to see some of you there!


WD15 Wednesday 16.00 – 17.30PM

Roundtable: Dialogue and Diversity in Diplomatic Interactions

Room: Holyrood 2 – Radisson Blu

Chair Karin Fierke

Co-Chair Antje Weiner


Neta Crawford

Thomas Diez

Roxane Farmanfarmaian

Rebecca Adler-Nissen

Ben O’Loughlin


TA4 Thursday 9.30AM – 11.00AM

Panel: Terrorism and Human Rights

Room: Maclaren 1 – The Scotsman

Chair David Karp

Discussant David Karp

Andreja Zevnik IR and the lack of politics: developing political rights v universal human rights

Valerie Eichhorn Challenges in US Intelligence Counterterrorism:

Immigrant Terrorist Suspects Still Too Protected Under US Immigration Services

Katharine P Gelber Freedom of speech in the context of counterterrorism

Mark Pope Cosmopolitanism as an analytical tool: UK news media coverage of human rights issues in counter terrorism


FC19 Friday 2.00PM – 3.30PM

Panel: Strategic Narratives and International Relations

Room: Salisbury – Radisson Blu

Chair Philip Seib

Discussant Frederick Mayer

Alister Miskimmon Integration as a strategic narrative? The Case of the European Union

Ben O’Loughlin Narratives of Global Uncertainty

Robin Brown Public Diplomacy and the Construction of Strategic Narratives

Laura Roselle Strategic Narratives and Great Powers