2017 Annual Meeting

Power, Publics, and the United States in the World
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 5:00pm
Annual Meeting


Renaissance Arlington Capital View
2800 South Potomac Avenue
22202 Arlington , VA

50 for 50

SHAFR is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the annual meeting. There can be no better demonstration of SHAFR’s vitality than the sheer intellectual energy, enthusiasm, and collegiality at the conference. You are invited to consider making a financial “thank-you” to SHAFR in honor of this anniversary and to support our continued success. Though the slogan “50 for 50” suggests a $50 gift, any amount (such as $5 from a strudent or a more generous contribution) will be greatly appreciated. All contributions are tax-deductible.

The SHAFR 2017 Annual Meeting was held at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View, Arlington, VA (Washington, DC Area) from June 22, 23, 24, 2017.



Online registration closed on June 15th.  Registration fees will be accepted at the conference, but there will be no options for lunch or event tickets.

Fees for the conference are $100 standard or $40 student, K-12 teacher, or adjunct faculty until June 1. After June 1 registration fees increase to $120 standard or $55 student, K-12 teacher, or adjunct faculty.

Please note: all participants on the program must be current SHAFR members. If you need to renew your membership or you are not yet a member, please click here. Registrants who are not participants on this year's program are not required to be SHAFR members, but we encourage you to check us out anyway!

Venue and Hotel Information: 

The 2017 Presidential Address by SHAFR President Mary Dudziak 

Meeting Rooms Floor Plan (PDF)

Renaissance Hotel exterior

Presenter Guidelines

Friday Night Dinner -- This year's social event will be a seafood feast on the gorgeous East Pier at National Harbor catered by Foster's Clambake. Friday, June 23, 6:30-9:30pm. (Vegetarian and vegan options available.) Round-trip bus tickets are available for $10 at registration.

Not taking the shuttle to the Friday night dinner? No problem! A map with a link to driving directions can be found at https://www.nationalharbor.com/directions/. The Mariner Garage at the corner of Waterfront Street & Mariner Passage is the closest to the venue.

Coming by taxi or ride share? Ask to be dropped off at 155 National Plaza in front of the Redstone American Grill.

Once you arrive, will find the East Pier tent by walking towards the Capital Wheel, a very obvious visible icon.

Roommate Seeking Roomate: The Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) offers support for finding a roommate. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact the CCWH-SHAFR Liaison Ilaria Scaglia at scaglia_ilaria@columbusstate.edu (subject line: SHAFR roommate).

Information for Parents with Children: Parents with children are welcome at the 2017 SHAFR conference. The Washington, DC area abounds with family friendly activities and field trip opportunities that might appeal to children.  SHAFR does not have funds to provide/subsidize child care or to organize specific activities for children. Local child care options are provided for your information only. They are not endorsed by SHAFR.

ASAP Sitters


P&E Babysitting

The Educated Babysitter

New this year: A hospitality suite for parents of babies and small children will be available throughout the conference. This room is spacious, has access to handwashing facilities, and includes refrigerated storage. Please ask for the room’s location at the Conference Registration Desk.

Accommodations: Registrants who need accommodations (large print programs or other materials, priority seating, etc.) to facilitate their full participation in the annual meeting should contact SHAFR Conference Coordinator Julie Laut at 513-544-2682 or [email protected]. If a need arises on-site at the annual conference, we encourage you to stop by registration for assistance.

Audio and Video Recording: SHAFR and the media occasionally record conference sessions for use in broadcast and electronic media. Presenters who do not wish for their session to be recorded may opt out when submitting a proposal to the Program Committee. An audience member who wishes to audiotape or videotape must obtain written permission of panelists. SHAFR is not responsible for unauthorized recording. SHAFR reserves the right to revoke the registration of anyone who records sessions without appropriate permissions.

If you have any questions about conference logistics, please contact Julie Laut, Conference Coordinator, at [email protected]. If you have questions about the conference program, please contact the 2017 program committee co-chairs, Robert Brigham and Adriane Lentz-Smith, at [email protected].

Travel and Parking: 

The hotel is located at 2800 South Potomac Avenue in Arlington (point-to-point driving directions).

Parking at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View for SHAFR registrants is $24/day for self-parking or $28/day valet.

Detailed information regarding shuttles from Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport, travel via bus or train, and tips for visiting the Washington D.C. area can be found on the SHAFR 2017 Washington, D.C. Guide.

Event Program: 

Know Before You Go: What You Should Know Before You Head to the National Archives


Meeting Rooms Floor Plan (PDF)


SHAFR Council meeting: 8:00 AM – 12:45 PM, Studio A

SHAFR Teaching Committee: 8:00  – 10:00 AM, Boardroom

Law Library of Congress Legal Research Training: 9:30 – 11:30 AM, Studio B

Registration: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Second Floor Reception Area

Book Exhibit: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Second Floor Reception Area

SESSION I: 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM (PANELS 1 - 11)

Panel 1: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations: Methods and Interpretations (Salon 7)

Panel 2: The Global Nuclear Order and the Limits of International Control (Salon 1)

Panel 3: Working Between Publics and Government Powers: Private Contributions to Cold War Public Diplomacy (Salon 2)

Panel 4: U.S. Responses to Regional Power Politics in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East (Studio C)

Panel 5: Traditions of Modernization: Development Theory in Global Perspective (Studio B)

Panel 6: American Philanthropic Politics Abroad (Salon 3)

Panel 7: Merchants, Artisans, and Dreamers: The Long View in Asia (Salon 5)

Panel 8: New Thinking on Old Questions (Studio D)

Panel 9: Rethinking Cold War Liberalism: Human Rights, Nuclear Disarmament, and Liberals in the Late Cold War (Studio E)

Panel 10: The Prize? Energy, Security, and Expertise (Salon 6)

Panel 11: The Public, Congress, and U.S. Foreign Relations: Taking the Long View (Studio F)

COFFEE BREAK: 1:30 – 2:00 PM
Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and bottled water will be served in the registration and exhibit area.

SESSION II: 2:00 – 3:45 PM (PANELS 12 – 23)

Panel 12: Wilson and World War I: New Perspectives (Salon 1)

Panel 13: Counter-Terrorism and the American Experience (Studio A)

Panel 14: Innovative Teaching Resources (Salon 2)

Panel 15: Covert Action, Surveillance, and Propaganda: The Global Reach of Secret U.S. Power in the Early Cold War (Salon 3)

Panel 16: Imperial Transitions: Britain, the Netherlands, and the United States, 1937-1949 (Studio F)

Panel 17: Global Africa and Cold War Diplomacy (Salon 5)

Panel 18: Christian Mission, U.S. Power, and Domestic and Foreign Publics from the Early Republic to the Cold War (Studio C)

Panel 19: Diplomacy, Development, and Human Rights in Cold War Latin America (Studio D)

Panel 20: All Politics is International: The World and American Presidential Elections (Salon 6)

Panel 21: Race, Surveillance, and Transnational Histories of the U.S. Security State (Studio E)

Panel 22: Discourse and Interaction: Decolonization and Its Relationship to American State and Non-State Actors (Salon 7)

Panel 23: SHAFR 50th Anniversary Roundtable (Studio B)

Coffee, tea, soft drinks, bottled water, and light snacks will be served in the registration and exhibit area.

PLENARY SESSION: 4:15 – 6:00 PM (Salon 4)

    Can Law Restrain War?
Moderated by SHAFR President Mary L. Dudziak


Sponsored by Oxford University Press, publishers of Diplomatic History.
All registrants are invited to join us for light hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available. Each registrant will receive two drink tickets; bar will be on a cash basis thereafter.

FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

BREAKFAST: 8:00-8:30 AM
A continental breakfast and coffee will be served in the registration and exhibit area.
The Committee on Women in SHAFR and the Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) invite all registrants to come out to learn more about their activities and meet and mingle with other scholars with shared interests.

Diplomatic History Editorial Board Meeting: 8:00 – 9:30 AM, Boardroom

Registration: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Second Floor Reception Area

Book Exhibit: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Second Floor Reception Area

SESSION III: 8:30 – 10:15 AM (PANELS 24 – 35)

Panel 24: All Volunteer Force Between the Cold War and the War on Terror (Salon 1)

Panel 25: Challenges of Political Biography (Studio A)

Panel 26: Cold War Executive Decision Making and Intelligence (Salon 3)

Panel 27: Understanding U.S. Relations with Late Imperial and Revolutionary Iran: New Interpretations and Frameworks (Studio C)

Panel 28: Brazil and the Bomb: New Evidence and Interpretation (Studio D)

Panel 29: Visions of World Government and the American Public: Hemisphere, Atlantic, and Global Perspectives in the 1940s (Salon 2)

Panel 30: Roundtable: Twenty Years of “Unceasing Pressure”: Frank Costigliola and the Study of U.S. Foreign Relations (Studio B)

Panel 31: Revisiting Carter’s Foreign Policy: An Overlooked Success (Studio E)

Panel 32: Migrant Activism and U.S. Foreign Relations in the late Twentieth Century (Salon 5)    

Panel 33: To Change the U.S.: Chinese Persuasion, Insider Politics, and Sex (Salon 6)

Panel 34: The Poison Gas Taboo: A Global Perspective (Salon 7)

Panel 35: Roundtable: New Directions in U.S. Foreign Relations and Political-Economic History (Studio F)

COFFEE BREAK: 10:15 – 10:45 AM
Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and bottled water will be served in the registration and exhibit area.

SESSION IV: 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM (PANELS 36 – 47)

Panel 36: Orientalism and Its Discontents: The U.S. Public and the Transpacific Cultural Cold War (Salon 1)

Panel 37: Black Internationalism and Black Freedom Struggles (Studio A)

Panel 38: Advancing U. S. Power Through NATO (Studio C)

Panel 39: The Spaces of Interwar Internationalism (Salon 2)

Panel 40: Roundtable: David Hollinger's Protestants Abroad (Studio B)

Panel 41: Esquipulas II at 30: Historical Perspectives on Central American Peace in the 1980s (Studio D)

Panel 42: What Role for the Intelligence Community in U.S. Foreign Relations? (Studio E)

Panel 43: The Gift of Giving? Aid and Emotion in U.S. Foreign Relations (Salon 3)

Panel 44: Roundtable: So It is Your Turn as Chair of the History Department: Tips for a Thankless Job (Studio F)

Panel 45: Capitol, Labor, and U.S. Empire in Cold War Asia (Salon 5)

Panel 46: Ideological Transnationalism in U.S.-Middle East Relations (Salon 6)

Panel 47: Roundtable: The Smithsonian and the World (Salon 7) (Panel cancelled)

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON: 12:30 – 2:30 PM (Salon 4)
Pre-registration and tickets required.

The Chinese Question: The Evolution of a Global Politics of Race
Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University

SESSION V: 2:30 – 4:15 PM (PANELS 48 – 59)

Panel 48: A Transformative Decade? Learning Processes, Attitude Changes, and Transfers of Knowledge in Diplomatic Contacts in the 1970s (Salon 1)

Panel 49: Transatlanticism in the Reagan Era (Salon 2)

Panel 50: International Organizations, the U.S., and the ‘Rest’: New Perspectives on the Writing of International History (Studio C)
Panel 51: U.S. and UK Aid Policies During the Cold War (Salon 3)

Panel 52: Faith and Foreign Affairs: Religion, Non-State Actors, and U.S. Foreign Relations in the Early 20th Century (Salon 5)

Panel 53: Killer Rules: Negotiating the Line Between War and Terror in the 1960s and 1970s (Salon 6)

Panel 54: American Engineering Internationalism from the Early Republic to the Cold War (Studio E)

Panel 55: Scholarly Approaches to Doing Digital Diplomatic History (Salon 7)

Panel 56: Firewall Politics: Revisiting the Boundaries of the Third World (Studio A)

Panel 57: Roundtable: President Trump’s Foreign Policy: The First Six Months in Historical Perspective (Studio B)

Panel 58: Science and Technology, Power and Projection in U.S. Foreign Relations (Studio F)

Panel 59: War: What Is It Good For? A Conversation in Memory of Marilyn B. Young (Studio D)

SOCIAL EVENT: 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Pre-registration and tickets required. [Update 6/6]: The Social Event has sold out.  Bus tickets are still available.
This year’s Friday night social event will be a seafood feast on the East Pier at National Harbor. Buses will depart the hotel beginning at 6:00 PM and return to the Renaissance Arlington Capital View beginning at 9:30 PM. Please see the conference website for more details.


Registration: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Second Floor Reception Area

Book Exhibit: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Second Floor Reception Area

Job Workshop: 8:00 – 9:15 AM (Salon 4)
Due to space and personnel limitations, advance registration is required. Thank you for your understanding.

BREAKFAST: 9:00 – 9:30 AM
All registrants are invited to join us for a continental breakfast and coffee in the registration and exhibit area.

SESSION VI: 9:30 – 11:15 AM (PANELS 60 – 71)

Panel 60: Roundtable: Crafting Citizenship in Times of Exception (Studio B)

Panel 61: Roundtable: Constructing the Second World War: Remaking Race and Infrastructure in a Global Conflict (Salon 2)

Panel 62: From the Brezhnev Doctrine to the Unipolar Moment (Studio A)

Panel 63: The Urban Challenge and Development: International Organizations, the United States, and Multilevel Governance (Studio C)

Panel 64: Oceanic Governance Regimes and U.S. Law in Global Perspective (Studio D)

Panel 65: Exiles, Anti-Imperialists, and Technology: Solidarity Networks in the History of Inter-American Relations (Salon 1)

Panel 66: Eyes on India: Expanding Perspectives on U.S.-India Relations (Studio E)

Panel 67: Nixon and Vietnam Revisited: Global and Domestic Political Perspectives on United States Strategic Withdrawal, 1967-1975 (Salon 6)

Panel 68: Breaking Bonds, Creating Enemies: United States Immigration Policy and Its Impact on U.S. Foreign Relations during the Interwar Period (Salon 7)

Panel 69: Making a World of Difference: Teaching the History Survey (Salon 3)

Panel 70: Sexual Violence and Sexuality in World War II (Salon 5)

Panel 71: Beyond Rostow: Diversities of Development After Modernization (Studio F)

Pre-registration and tickets required.

“You didn’t see him lying…beside the gravel road in France”: Death and the History of American War Powers
SHAFR President Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University

SESSION VII: 1:15 – 3:00 PM (PANELS 72 – 83)

Panel 72: Roundtable: Writing the Cambridge History of America and the World (Studio B)

Panel 73: “The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships” a Retrospective: Promoting Democracy in the Cold War (Salon 1)

Panel 74: The United States in the Middle East/The Middle East in the United States (Studio C)

Panel 75: Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Spy: The FBI, CIA, and Show Business in Cold War America (Salon 2)

Panel 76: Beyond State Power: Non-State Actors, Aid, and Development Programs, and the U.S. in the World in the Twentieth Century (Salon 3)

Panel 77: Weathering the War: Civilian Experiences in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres during World War II (Salon 5)

Panel 78: New Evidence from the Clinton Years: Planning FRUS (Studio D)

Panel 79: The End of the Cold War: New Evidence and New Approaches (Studio E)

Panel 80: Foreign Religions and Foreign Relations: U.S. Engagements with the World in the Nineteenth Century (Studio F)

Panel 81: Patterns of U.S. Diplomacy in NE Asia, 1901-1972 (Salon 6)

Panel 82: Domestic Politics (Korean and American) and a Bilateral Relationship (Salon 7)

Panel 83: Uncle Sam in Japan: The U.S. Military in Postwar Japanese Society (Studio A)

Coffee, tea, soft drinks, bottled water, and light snacks will be served in the registration and exhibit area.

SESSION VIII: 3:30 – 5:15 PM (PANELS 84 – 95)

Panel 84: Legacies of 1917 (Studio B)

Panel 85: American Zionism and U.S.-Israel Relations from the 1950s to the 1990s (Salon 2)

Panel 86: Race, Decolonization, and the Cold War in Africa (Salon 3)

Panel 87: The Cultural Work of War: Enlisted Civilians on the Frontlines (Salon 5)

Panel 88: Missionaries, Technicians, and Tourists: Cold War Public and Cultural Diplomacy in Action (Salon 6)

Panel 89: American Expansion in the Shadow of the British Empire (Salon 7)

Panel 90: American Power and Local Identities in East Asia, 1941-1979 (Studio A)

Panel 91: Intelligence Fallout: Barrows, Andropov, Kennedy, and U.S. Soviet Relations, 1918-1983 (Salon 1)

Panel 92: The Discourse of Development: Exploring New Perspectives on U.S. Aid Abroad in the Early Cold War (Studio C)

Panel 93: Evolving Spheres: Twentieth Century Japan-U.S. Relations (Studio D)
Panel 94: The Reagan Doctrine and Iran Contra: Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, and Washington D.C. (Studio E)

Panel 95: Roundtable: The United States and the World and the History of Capitalism (Studio F)

Exhibit Info: 
The Book Exhibit will be open Thursday, June 22 from 10 AM - 5:30 PM, Friday, June 23 from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, and Saturday, June 24 from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM. This year SHAFR welcomes Association Book Exhibit, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, Cambridge University Press, Cornell University Press, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, the Law Library of Congress, the National Archives, Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, Rowman Littlefield, the Secretary of Defense Historical Office, SHAFR's Teaching Committee, Stanford University Press, University Press of Kentucky, University of North Carolina Press, and University of Pennsylvania Press.
A/V Information: 
Requests for A/V equipment MUST be made with your proposal submission. We cannot accommodate requests made after 1 December 2016. Rental laptops are available on a very limited basis. Please bring your own laptop to use. If your panel requires a projector, we strongly recommend that you use a single laptop and have each presenter put their presentation on a flash drive or have it available online. There will be complimentary wifi access in the meeting area.
Contact Person: 
Julie Laut