On July 15–19, 2023, the 27th IPSA World Congress of Political Science was held in Buenos Aires (Argentina). The theme of this year’s congress is “Politics in the Age of Cross-Border Crises: Vulnerability and Resilience.”

The challenges of the modern world are that the domestic and foreign policies of countries are always faced with complex cross-border issues, including climate change, cyber-terrorism, global migration flows, financial instability and the COVID-19 pandemic. Added to these problems is the war waged by Russia against Ukraine, and in fact against the whole world, which is rooted in Russia’s desire to change the rules of the game in the international arena, which are based on respect for the sovereignty and borders of countries, regardless of the size of their territories and economic development. These issues are transboundary in the sense that they cross national borders in an era of intense global connectivity. Disruptions in one part of the world quickly spread across the globe through highly integrated global networks.

27th IPSA World Congress of Political Science

 The congress noted that transboundary issues reveal the dire consequences of the tragedy of the common heritage, as coordinated global responses are often inadequate and sometimes non-existent. Global collective actions, which are so urgently needed for the comprehensive solution of cross-border problems, have been found to be absent. States face the challenge of dealing with the influence on citizens and political institutions, often confused by the vulnerabilities evident at all levels of political life.


During the IPSA World Congress of Political Science

 The focus of the Congress was essentially state capacity – as a crucial focus in terms of joint approaches of both state and non-state actors to solve the so-called “wicked” problems in the era of cross-border crises. Many governments experience a “rally-around-the-flag” effect with a surge in support following political upheavals due to a cross-border issue (financial crisis, political violence, natural disaster, etc.), but these effects are temporary in relation to normal politics through citizens, social movements, political parties and leaders inevitably declare themselves.

During the IPSA World Congress of Political Science

 In order to explore, understand, and contribute to scholar and public debates about these complex cross-border challenges and opportunities, political science needs conceptual lenses and theoretical approaches that span traditional disciplinary boundaries and cut across social, cultural, economic, religious, ethnic, sexual and language boundaries.

 Great attention at the Congress was paid to Russian military aggression against Ukraine. Within the framework of the congress, there were several panel discussions devoted to the socio-political situation in Ukraine, the nature of the political regime in the Russian Federation, the geopolitical situation around the Russian Federation, etc.


During the IPSA Council meeting

 The 2023 congress will be historic for IPSA, as it will be attended by the largest number of delegates since the association was founded 74 years ago! More than 3,000 scientists, researchers, professionals and students from more than 100 countries gathered at the event. More than 2,800 papers were presented at the Congress in 650 panels covering a wide range of topics and perspectives in the field of political science.

In addition, attendees had the opportunity to interact with 20 international exhibitors, including publishers, associations, universities, government organizations and technology companies, who will showcase their latest publications, products and services.


Halyna Zelenko among the participants of the congress

 The official representative of the Association of Political Science of Ukraine (APNU) at the congress was our colleague – the head of the Department of Political Institutes and Processes, Professor Galyna Zelenko, who participated in the elections of IPSA governing bodies.

According to the results of the elections from the Association of Political Science of Ukraine to the Council of IPSA, the president of APNU, the director of our Institute, Oleg Rafalskiy was re-elected.

Yuko KASUJO (Professor of the University of Tokyo, Japan) was elected President of IPSA, and Pablo Oñate (Professor of the University of Valencia, Spain) was elected General Secretary.

The next IPSA congress will be held in Seoul (South Korea) in two years.