|The ISA poster maker |
was not wrong
I am sticking around in Montreal after a wonderful ISA conference as I have a CDSN workshop on Climate Security. So, I am hanging in my hotel room, marveling at how lucky I am. I had a great time, meeting old friends, making new connections, giving feedback on a wonderful book, and being really grateful. After two cancelled ISA's (Hawaii and Vegas, damn it!) and one strange, poorly attended one in Nashville last year, I was determined to hug longer and share my gratitude with all those who helped me along the way. As it was a conference full of special events, this was not hard to do.
|Lauren and me on |
I met with several editors to promote the Dave/Phil/Steve book manuscript, and they all indicated much interest. I feel good about our chances of getting our book out to a great press in the near future.This was a year full of honorary panels honoring people I know. Which means I am getting old. I was asked to be on Victor Asal's panel, as the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration section gave him an award for all of his work, and it was my honor to join Ora, Erin Jenne, Pat James, and some other folks (my memory sucks after a week of reduced sleep). Victor has published an incredible amount of work in many areas with many, many co-authors. And he is a mensch. These panels are supposed involve some roasting, so I teased him gently while also noting his contributions and his mensch-ness.
For the first time, I attended the Presidential speech because the President for the past year has been Debbi Avant. She was one of two senior IR grad students at UCSD when I arrived. She was most welcoming, throwing a party for the prospective students, and then over my time there, most generous with her advice, and most supportive. She was also a hell of a role model, starting with her doing security stuff at a time where no prof at UCSD did international security. She was a pathbreaker in the field of civil-military relations, applying principal-agent theory to it before Peter Feaver made it cool to do so. Since then, I have often asked her for advice, which she provided quickly and insightfully. She threw yet another party when I visited Denver when I gave a talk on the Steve and Dave NATO book. Most recently, she has served quite helpfully on the CDSN Advisory Board. She gave a great, challenging talk, and was perhaps a little disappointed she didn't get as much pushback as she expected.