Cross-National Interviewing at International Conferences: How to Make the Most of a Unique Research Opportunity


  • I thank Amnon Cavari and the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.
  • [Corrections added 5 February 2015, after original online publication: grammatical changes have been made to this article to improve clarity.]


International conferences can be highly efficient venues for collecting cross-national data. Such conferences offer the opportunity to meet and interview government officials and other elites from numerous countries worldwide, all at a single location and within a few days. The article encourages IR scholars to take advantage of this underutilized opportunity and provides advice for doing so.