Call for Proposals: Understanding the Five Eyes

The Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa is seeking proposals for our first Twitter conference to be held on September 30, 2020. The theme of the conference is Understanding the Five Eyes. For the Call for Proposals in French, click here.

The Five Eyes is the world’s oldest intelligence network and arguably the world’s most functional security partnership more generally. Most commonly, the term refers to a unique signals intelligence pooling club of three or four letter acronymed agencies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. But FVEY, as it is also known, also refers to a large and growing number of special relationships and transgovernmental policy networks that bind these five states in virtually all areas of security.

Given that the Five Eyes takes multiple forms and touches different subjects, we welcome proposals reflecting a range of approaches and topics – from disparities in power and technology to Snowden, Trump, Huawei, and COVID-19. We invite particular reflection on the histories of Five Eyes cooperation beyond signals intelligence.  

Two major components are required from participants in this conference:

  1. A Twitter-thread presentation on their project.
  2. A blog post on the project for the CIPS Blog

Both of these should be based on well-developed arguments for completed or in-progress projects. 

Conference proposals are due on July 1, 2020. Proposals may be submitted in English or French. They should include a project title, a 250-word abstract, a brief biography, full institutional affiliation and contact information, and your Twitter handle (if available). Please submit proposals to [email protected] with the subject “CIPS Five Eyes”

Submissions will be peer reviewed by a CIPS committee led by Srdjan Vucetic, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa. Authors will be notified no later than July 15th, 2020. 

Along with CIPS staff, Vucetic will moderate the Twitter conference and will also edit the blog posts for the CIPS Blog symposium “Understanding the Five Eyes.”

Participants can use their own Twitter accounts to participate, but if they do not have an account, the presentation can be made from the CIPS Twitter account. Conference presenters may be asked to discuss one other presentation during the sessions. The discussant assignments will be made by the conference organizers at a later date.

To learn more about Twitter conferences, prospective participants may consult the proceedings of the Women In International Security Canada (WIISC) Twitter Conference 2020, “Future Security Challenges Facing Canada: Insights from Women in International Security” (We thank Veronica Kitchen and Tanya Irwin for sharing the lessons of this even with us at CIPS.)

Participants will receive guidelines specific to the CIPS conference upon acceptance but the general format will be the same as above. Each participant will have a specific time slot to present their Twitter-thread (Example: Vucetic’s 2019 WIISC Twitter Conference presentation). A discussant will then follow with a series of tweets in response. Introductory tweets for the conference and for each presentation and discussant will be made from the CIPS account.

All CIPS initiatives are committed to inclusion and diversity, and so we encourage proposals from members of groups historically under-represented within academia. Graduate students are also encouraged to submit their proposals.

This conference is supported by the SSHRC Exchange Grant.