ISMS CONFERENCE 2013 COPENHAGEN
ISMS Conference 2013 has to come to a conclusion. 150 participants from all over the world took part in the event, which was hosted by the Royal Danish Defence College in Copenhagen. There is an article available at the Royal Danish Defence College website.
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Interviews with keynote speakers Dr. Mathew Burrows and Professor Ole Wæver at the International Society for Military Sciences Conference in Copenhagen 2013.
The Royal Danish Defence College (RDDC) is pleased to invite colleagues from the ISMS partner institutions as well as other researchers in military affairs to the annual ISMS conference 2013.
The conference, the fifth in the history of the ISMS, will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark in the days 12- 14 November 2013. The overall theme of the conference is “Adapting to Change”, a reflection of the many challenges and opportunities which most, if not all, of us are facing these years.
As keynote speakers we are proud to be able to present:
- Professor of International Relations Ole Wæver, Political Science Department, University of Copenhagen.
Professor Wæver is an internationally acclaimed expert in international relations and security studies. He is i.a. the prime force behind the development of the so called Copenhagen School / theory of securitization. He will speak on the first day of the conference.
- Dr Mathew Burrows, Counselor and Director, Analysis and Production Staff, National Intelligence Council. Dr Mathew Burrows is i.a. the principal drafter for the NIC report Global Trends 2030, and will on the second day of the conference provide an insight into the future role of the US and the end of hegemonic powers.
- Jaak Aaviksoo, Former Estonian Minister of Defence.
Apart from the key note speakes, the conference will be organised around the following nine working groups: War Studies, Military History, Military Technology, Leadership, Command and Control and Basic Competences, Law and Ethics, Security and Defence Policy and Strategy, Armed Forces and Society, Defence Management and Economics, and Military Education.
Venue: The conference venue is “DGI-byen”, a conference, sports and leisure center in the very heart of Copenhagen located a mere two-minute walk from the central train station.
Description of the ISMS Working Groups
1. War studies.
Military strategy, operational art and tactics, contemporary operations, conflict, future warfare, asymmetrical warfare, psychological operations, peace support ops, COIN, military support for civil authority, doctrine development, military theory and practice, lessons learned and identified, terrorism and counter-terrorism, organized crime, intelligence, military policing, international police operations, regional approaches, privatization of security, special forces.
2. Military history.
Chronological, geographical, component (army, navy, air force), thematic, military biography.
3. Military technology.
Information systems, systems testing, impact of technology on operations, weaponry, interaction with human dimension, R&D agendas, industry connections, life cycles and defence acquisition, network centric warfare and network enabled capabilities.
4. Leadership, Command and Control and Basic Competences.
Sense-making, trust, stress, group cohesion and resilience, case studies, cultural awareness, gender, communication skills, mediation & negotiation, self-reflection, organizational culture, diversity management, temporary units, physical and psychological characteristics, human factors analysis, cognitive abilities, recruitment and selection, education and training, post-traumatic stress, military medicine.
5. Law and Ethics.
International law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, rules of engagement, jus in Bello, jus ad bellum, jus pos bellum, status of forces agreements, pre-emptive action, moral dilemmas, values and transmission of values.
6. Security and Defence Policy and Strategy.
International organizations, actors, factors-threats, cooperation, security regimes, alliances and coalitions, interests, risk evaluation and management, international relations, scenario development, crisis management, security complexes, influence strategy, coercion, deterrence, modelling, game theory, defence diplomacy, etc.
7. Armed Forces and Society.
Nation-building, institutional gaps, military sociology, armed forces as societies, armed forces in society, civil-military relations, conscription and professional armies, gender-ethnicity-identity and minorities, military families, unions and soldier associations, social experimentation and social activism with armed forces, media, public opinion, democratic control of armed forces, security sector reform, international cooperation, privatization.
8. Defence Management and Economics.
Resource management, change management, transformation, cost-benefit analysis, logistics, defence acquisition, strategic personnel policy, accounting, defence administration, military industrial complex, measures of effectiveness, benchmarking, outsourcing, privatization, base closures, infrastructure issues.
9. Military Education.
Curriculum development, pedagogy, standards and evaluation, professional development, academic freedom, case studies/simulations/exercises, professional collegiality in military education.