Intelligence Studies Section
International Studies Association

Call for Papers

ISA’s Intelligence Studies Section (ISA/ISS) is soliciting paper and panel proposals from those who research, study, and write about intelligence issues for the 17-20 February 2010 annual convention in New Orleans (

This conference is the premiere venue (bar none) for presentation of intelligence studies research. If you have ideas for paper or panel submissions, the deadline is 1 June 2009. To submit your proposals, follow the instructions at the MyISA website at: Notification of acceptances will be sent in September 2009.

To get an idea of the range of topics and types of papers typically presented, last year's program is available for browsing. The 2009 ISA/ISS program can be found here: and the 2008 ISA/ISS program is here: Also, the entire 2009 ISA program (all 180+ pages) can be found here: Ideas for Intelligence Studies panels at the 2010 conference include (but not limited to):

As background/context, the Intelligence Studies Section (ISS) is one of twenty-three organized sections within the International Studies Association (ISA), which was founded in 1959 to promote research and education in international affairs. ISA has over 4,000 members in North America and around the world, and is the most well respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. (See

ISA’s Intelligence Studies Section (which has been in existence since the mid-1980s) is the primary venue for the presentation of research in intelligence studies. Every year, at ISA's annual conventions, the Intelligence Studies Section is the place where new research, writing, and thinking is presented. It attracts academicians as well as former practitioners, government officials (CIA, DIA, State, etc), military students and professors (National Defense Intelligence College, Naval Postgraduate School, Army and Naval War Colleges, the service academies, etc) and participants from think tanks and private contractors (RAND, CNA, SAIC). For more on the Intelligence Studies Section, see its website at:

Also, note that the theme of the 2010 conference is "Theory vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners" which may be particularly appropriate for the Intelligence Studies Section. See full description of this theme at:

Finally, if you are a member of the ISS and think you will be applying for a travel grant from the ISA, please let us know directly in addition to making the application with ISA. We cannot guarantee grants, but we are asked to provide a prioritized list of section preferences. We want to ensure section members are at the top of our list and that none are inadvertently left off.

Please let us know if you have any comments or questions....


Stephen Marrin,
ISA/ISS Co-Program Chair
Mercyhurst College

Larry Lamanna
ISA/ISS Co-Program Chair
University of Georgia

Dan Gressang
ISA/ISS Section Chair
National Cryptologic School