Three of us attended this year’s International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference in Atlanta from March 16-19 themed “Exploring Peace”. Annika E. Poppe and Jonas Wolff presented their current research on the global phenomenon of increasing restrictions on civil society space (“closing space”) on a presidential panel entitled “Paying for Peace? The Role and Impact of Democracy Assistance in Positive Peace” and got a chance to connect to other scholars working on civil society-related issues. Vera van Hüllen presented her work on transnational human rights activism in the Arab League and also chaired a panel on international democracy promotion in the Middle East and North Africa after the Arab Spring (organized with Sonja Grimm) – where Annika had a chance to discuss her latest work on US democracy promotion in Egypt. Jonas and another PRIF colleague, Lisbeth Zimmermann, had also gathered an impressive lineup of scholars for a roundtable exploring “Contestation and Resistance in IR: Exploring Underlying Notions of Normativity”.