IPSA LAUNCHES ITS REGIONAL DIALOGUES INITIATIVE
IPSA is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative called Regional Dialogues. This initiative will feature five or six online meetings with IPSA collective members from different continents. The first two meetings, on Africa and the Americas, respectively, were successfully held on 30 Oct. and 12 Nov. 2020.
The meeting on Africa was chaired by IPSA Vice-President Christopher Isike. It was attended by IPSA President Marianne Kneuer, Vice-President Yasmeen Abu-Laban, representatives of the Angolan (Paulo CJ Faria), Nigerian (Gerald Ekene Ezirim) and South African (Siphamandla Zondi) political science associations, as well as IPSA Executive Director Kim Fontaine-Skronski and Membership, Communication and Strategy Director Mathieu St-Laurent.
The meeting on the Americas was chaired by Yasmeen Abu-Laban and IPSA Executive Committee member Jesús Alberto Rodríguez Alonso. It was attended by Marianne Kneuer and representatives of the American (Steven Rathgeb Smith), Argentinian (Martín D’Alessandro), Bolivian (Maria Paz Salas Piludo and Jose Maria Paz Logatto), Brazilian (Mariana Batista), Canadian (Joanna Everitt), Colombian (Carolina María Horta Gaviria), Mexican (Jesus Tovar Mendoza), and Uruguayan (Diego Lujan) political science associations. Also attending were Daniel Buquet from the Latin America Political Science Association (ALACIP) as well as Kim Fontaine-Skronski and Mathieu St-Laurent from the IPSA Secretariat.
Regional Dialogues focus on three main topics:
- The impact of COVID-19 on national political science associations and teaching at universities
- IPSA services to national associations
- Other important issues raised by national associations.