Conference on Politics, Conflict, and Development

Power Shifts: Conflict, Emergencies, and Global Response

Keynote Speakers

Ethnic Identity and Violent Conflict: A Global Perspective
Dr. Daniel Rothbart
Director of Program on Ethics and Conflict
Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR)
George Mason University

Power Shift and the Future of the Middle East
Dr. Paul Salem
President for Policy and Research
Middle East Institute
Washington, DC

Russia and the Resurgence of Political Conflict in Europe
Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff
Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Russia & Eurasia Program
CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies 1616 Rhode
Island Ave NW Washington, DC 20036

Call for Papers

The Annual Conference on Politics, Conflict, and Development (CPCD) seeks to identify the latest ideas, issues, and initiatives in politics, conflicts, and development around the world. The conference will focus on power shifts in politics which can be causes or outcomes of conflict and emergencies and explore the global response to regional and international conflicts and emergencies. From the Middle East to the Far East, Europe to Africa, conflicts and emergencies deeply affect politics and policies. While xenophobia is on the rise in the West, Europe is facing an influx of new refugees, which causes further policy shifts in Europe. What are the major driving forces causing power shifts in politics? What are the responses to the refugee crisis? Do “humanitarian interventions” turns into catastrophes?  Within this context, the CPCD’s goal is analyzing recent trends, identifying emerging approaches, and proposing new solutions.


The CPCD is organized by the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia International University (VIU) and the Center for Democracy and International Affairs (CDIA) at VIU. For further information, contact: Dr. Klara Bilgin at, 4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Thematic Areas

  • International Emergency Response to Complex Crises
  • State and Local Policy Response to Emergencies and Humanitarian Crises
  • Political Conflicts and Regional Implications
  • Political Transitions, Democratization, and the Spread of Authoritarianism
  • New Trends in International Relations
  • Changing Roles of International Organizations
  • Development Challenges in Conflict Areas


Abstracts for papers, poster presentations, and panel sessions for the conference should be submitted by March 15, 2016. Papers and presentations are invited from all areas of international politics, conflict and development, from both academics and practitioners. Proposals for workshops and poster presentations are also welcome.

Abstracts should be no more than 400 words in length excluding references and title and should include a description of the research design and/or the data, key findings, and implications for the theoretical debate or practice of the discipline. In addition to the abstract, applicants are required to submit a short biography (no CVs, please). Submit proposals at the following website: