The Association's annual convention is a major international scholarly event, including over 1,000 panel sessions and involving participants from more than 50 countries. ISA conventions are held at alternative sites in the United States, Canada, Mexico and overseas.

The Politics of International Diffusion: Regional and Global Dimensions

The ongoing global financial and economic crises, the upheavals throughout the Middle East, the emerging dispersion of power toward a broader G-20, and copycat protest movements across all regions highlight both the continued centrality of diffusion to contemporary international politics and the difficulty of predicting diffusion patterns. A conventional wisdom argues that the speed and reach of diffusion is unlike anything we have seen in the past. People, power, authority, capital, property rights, international law, religion, technology, democracy, electoral systems, flower and color revolutions, sub-national and supranational governance systems, conventional and unconventional weapons, wars, peace, regional institutional designs; norms about gender, minority, children and other human rights; knowledge, culture and information; financial, fiscal and economic crises; open and closed economic models; patterns of state expansion and retraction; and emotions regarding each of these categories are among the many politically-consequential phenomena that cross borders within and across regions. They do so however, at different rates, through different mechanisms, and with diverse effects. Of crucial concern is the need to assess what we know and what we don’t know regarding the sources, agents, mechanisms, speed, spatial and temporal domains, consequences, and desirability of international diffusion.

CIGI will be an exhibitor at this year's Convention. Come by the booth to view our latest publications on global governance at on the Exhibit floor of the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco.

SHOW HOURS - Booth 314–316  

  • Wednesday April 3   |   1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday April 4   |   9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday April 5   |   9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday April 6   |   9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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ISA CIGI-DFAIT Reception 
Thursday April 4, 2013
Reception 7:30–8:30 PM
Yosemite Room B - C, Hilton Union Square

Reception Co-Host: Consulate General of Canada

By Invitation Only