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ECPR JOINT SESSIONS OF WORKSHOPS

JOINT SESSIONS, ANTWERP 2012

Changes to the paper proposal process

Please note that the call for papers for the 2012 Joint Sessions of Workshops in Antwerp will be going out on 1 August 2011. This is slightly later than usual as this year the system for proposing papers for Workshops is changing. There will be a link included in the call for papers message pointing to instructions on how to propose a paper.

The new method of proposing a paper will mean that all proposals will come to ECPR via a database and you should therefore not contact the Workshop Directors directly with your proposal. Any proposals sent directly to the Workshop Directors will not be considered.

Once the deadline has passed the Workshop Directors will be given access to accept or decline your paper proposals. You should hear by mid- January whether or not your paper proposal has been successful.

MIGRANTS RISK LIVES ON SMUGGLING BOATS

More than a thousand immigrants have reached Lampedusa in the last few days, included pregnant women and children. In one of the boats the engine had broken down and a fire was about to break out.

 

SUMMER SCHOOL GETS SERIOUS!

Your blogger has become your bloggers! Several new bloggers have taken up the baton/mouse/whatever. There is also a facebook page for the Standing Group on Organised Crime, which we will try to integrate with the blog if mastery of tweetdeck achieves this. Serious partying at the bar Cuba in Ohrid last night does not seem to have impaired the new bloggers’ ability and several new posts have appeared. Now let’s see what the new volunteers from Essex can do to the Newsletter!

2012 INTERNATIONAL BISA-ISA CONFERENCE

British International Studies Association and the International Studies Association
Joint International Conference Edinburgh 2012.

Theme: Diversity in the Discipline: Tension or Opportunity in Responding to Global Challenges

Dates: 20th to 22nd June 2012
Joint programme chairs are Professor Colin McInnes Aberystwyth University (BISA) and Professor Karen Rasler Indiana University (ISA)

The conference theme/subject is announced here.

Call for papers – Submission deadline 1st September 2011

Submit individual paper proposals here.

Submit panel proposals here.

Submit roundtable proposals here.

THE BOKOV AFFAIR: RUSSIAN HIGH RANKING POLICE OFFICIAL DETAINED, FACES $46 MLN EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES

The head of the CIS anti-organized crime bureau, Lt.Gen. Alexander Bokov, has been detained in Moscow on embezzlement charges, spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said on Wednesday.

Bokov, whose 2009 registered annual income was one million rubles (about $33,000), has been accused of stealing $46 million.

The official is suspected of extorting $46 million in 2005 from a Russian businessman for assistance in buying a majority stake in a transport company, Markin said.

“The businessman handed at least $4.5 million to Bokov’s accomplices in 2006, but Bokov didn’t make any moves on the deal,” the spokesman said.

DEFINING AND DEFYING ORGANISED CRIME

Organized crime is now a major threat to all industrial and non-industrial countries. Using an inter-disciplinary and comparative approach this book examines the nature of this threat. By analysing the existing, official institutional discourse on organized crime it examines whether or not it has an impact on perceptions of the threat and on the reality of organized crime.

The book first part of the book explores both the paradigm and the rationale of policy output in the fight against organized crime, and also exposes the often ‘hidden’ internal assumptions embedded in policy making. The second part examines the perceptions of organized crime as expressed by various actors, for example, the general public in the Balkans and in Japan, the criminal justice system in USA and circles within the international scientific community. Finally, the third part provides an overall investigation into the realities of organized crime with chapters that survey its empirical manifestations in various parts of the world.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, criminology, security studies and practitioners.

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