SHAFR-NSA-CREW file suit to compel the White House to create and preserve records of the President's meetings with foreign leaders

SHAFR has joined the National Security Archive (NSA) and the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in filing suit to compel the White House to create and preserve records of the President's meetings with foreign leaders.

Call for Participants and Mentors for the SHAFR 2019 Job Workshop

SHAFR is seeking participants and mentors for our 2019 Job Workshop at the SHAFR 2019 Annual Meeting! Candidates will be selected on a first-come-first-serve basis with preference to first-time participants. Please send a CV and sample cover letter by May 24. We are also seeking mentors for the workshop. If interested, email us: [email protected]

[Discuss] SHAFR Council Resolution 1- Doe v. Trump Amicus Brief

SHAFR has been asked to sign on to a historians' amicus brief in a case in federal court challenging the current administration's ban on transgender people in the military.  The brief details the past history of discrimination in the U.S. military on the basis of race, national origin, gender, and homosexuality, and the ways those forms of discrimination have given way to inclusion.  An executive summary of that amicus brief--written by historians Ronit Stahl and Jennifer Mittelstadt--is included below.

CFP- SHAFR 2019 and 2020 Summer Institutes



The SHAFR Summer Institute Oversight Committee welcomes proposals to host the 2019 or 2020 SHAFR Summer Institute. 

The Institute is intended to provide advanced graduate students and junior faculty with the chance to engage in intense discussion with senior scholars on topics and methodologies related to the study of foreign policy and/or international history. It also serves as an opportunity for all participants, senior scholars included, to test ideas and themes related to their own research. 

Update on Proposed Counter-Insurgency Roundtable

13 June 2018

The roundtable on counter-insurgency proposed by the Program Committee chairs on May 31 will not be proceeding. The relevant correspondence may be viewed below.

Dear Colleagues,

As co-chairs of the 2018 SHAFR Program Committee, we write in response to the two open letters by Amy Offner and Hannah Gurman and by Aaron O’Connell concerning the decision to invite David Petraeus as the keynote speaker.  We make our reply in the form of an open letter in the interests of transparency.*

April 2018 Issue of Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review

Passport April 2018 cover

The April 2018 issue of Passport: The Society for Historians of Foreign Relations Review is now available, and features roundtables on Melvyn P. Leffler's Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, 1920-2015, on Jeffrey A. Engel, When the World Seemed New: George H.W.


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