This is a guest post by Ms. Alison Vandenburgh of Georgetown University, which explains to readers what I think sounds like a great project there. Alison got in touch with me recently about promoting the Walsh Exchange conference on the blog, and I thought this was the best way to do it.
When thinking about foreign policy in a strategic context, the role of historical analysis and quantitative research cannot be undervalued; the work being conducted by current undergraduates may become the new and influential school of thought in years to come. That is why we are pleased to introduce The Walsh Exchange, the first undergraduate research conference devoted solely to undergraduates studying international relations, to the readers of Thinking Strategically. With its inauguration this April at Georgetown University, The Walsh Exchange will provide students the opportunity to gain wider exposure for their work as well as the experience of presenting their work in a formal conference setting.
The Walsh Exchange is being organized by a group of Georgetown undergraduate students with the support and partnership of several organizations within our university. The conference will follow the format of a professional research conference, with students presenting their work and receiving feedback from some of Georgetown’s renowned faculty; in addition, we will be welcoming a soon-to-be announced keynote speaker as well as holding a reception where presenters can mingle with each other and DC thought leaders.
Focusing on the three broad themes of international institutions, international politics and security, and area studies, we believe that the spirit of the Walsh Exchange fits in well with the mindset of readers of Thinking Strategically and its focus on strategy in both theory and history. So to all of you undergraduates reading this article, why submit a paper? Besides the obvious benefits of wider exposure for your original research and the experience gained from presenting at a formal conference, the Walsh Exchange is a great way for the best and brightest young undergraduates in IR to meet and network with their peers from other schools and hear feedback on their work. After all the hard work that goes into writing an original research project or senior thesis, why not share it? And to all the other pre- and post-college readers, we’d still love your support! The dialogue on international relations has two sides, and even if you can’t submit a paper you can still follow along with The Walsh Exchange as the conference date approaches.
So to learn more about the Walsh Exchange and to stay updated on our progress, visit us at www.walshex.org, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.