2013 International Biennial Conference of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society

La prochaine conférence sur les rapports entre forces armées et société aura lieu fin Octobre à Chicago.

Il est encore possible de soumettre des propositions de papiers ou de panels pour la conférence, jusqu’au 1er février.

Toutes les informations sont disponibles sur le site de la conférence ici. Je reproduis ci-dessous les thèmes intéressant la conférence.

Prospective participants may submit proposals on any topic within the broad intellectual scope of the IUS. Comparative and cross-national research is strongly encouraged. The following list is offered for consideration, but proposals are not limited to these suggestions.

GLOBAL COALITIONS & CROSS-NATIONAL ALLIANCES

  • Cooperation and conflict between NATO and non-NATO militaries
  • Interface of East and West with developing nations
  • New economic and military alliances
  • The military’s role(s) in democratization and nation building

SOCIAL & PERSONNEL ISSUES

  • Social, cultural, medical, and institutional aftermaths of military conflicts
  • Social issues (families, quality of life, women, minorities, gays in the military, etc.)
  • Force restructuring (active-reserve mix, conscript v. professional, etc.)
  • Impact of different cultures and religions on military operations
  • Enlisted and reserve forces: the quest for respect

AREA STUDIES & CROSS-NATIONAL ANALYSES OF MILITARY INSTITUTIONS

  • Economic and military impact of the Pacific Rim and Asia
  • Changing civil-military relations in EU and NATO enlargement
  • The post-modern military reconsidered
  • People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China, and its impact on society

CIVIL-MILITARY RELATIONS

  • Impact of military operations on recruiting, retention, patriotism, anti-war/pro-war coalitions, etc.
  • Military culture and/or structure of armed forces
  • Conscription and/or national service

TERRORISM, COUNTER-TERRORISM & COUNTER-INSURGENCY

  • International cooperation in counter-terrorism
  • Conceptualizing « terrorists », « insurgents » and « freedom fighters »
  • Changing nature of warfare and counter-terrorism
  • Home fronts in warfare and counter-terrorism
  • Depictions of the military, insurgents, terrorists and counter-terrorism in the media
  • New missions and roles of military forces: Blurring of military and police roles
  • Legal issues relevant to the military, terrorism, and counter-terrorism
  • Civil-military relations after September 11, 2001, and subsequent events
  • Pre-emptive strikes and potential repercussions
  • The UN’s role in fighting terror
  • Debating the links between US and/or other countries’ foreign policies and terrorism

POST-COLD WAR MILITARY OPERATIONS

  • Peacekeeping and Peacemaking operations
  • War in close quarters: Urban warfare after Mogadishu
  • Roles of the UN and NATO
  • Intra-state conflict, and domestic and international military involvement

CYBER WARFARE

  • Cyber security defense issues including protection of critical infrastructure, cyber espionage, public-private partnerships, public outreach and education, mitigation and recovery, and national resilience to cyber attack
  • Protection of civil liberties including privacy, monitoring, and oversight
  • International cyber security regime development, security cooperation, and legal prosecution
  • The use of cyber weapons in warfare and its consequences

The Panels

Most of the Conference is devoted to concurrent panels divided into simultaneous sessions each day. Again, note that panels will begin on FRIDAY MORNING, October 25, 2013 to accommodate the growth of this important international conference.

Panels will be scheduled for 90 minutes each. Typically, panels have three to five panelists, a chair and a presenter. Individuals submitting single papers will be grouped by relevant subject matter into panels by the Committee. Panels are limited to no more than five (5) papers.

Proposals for entire panels (5 papers maximum) must indicate: Title, Chair, Presenter, Authors, Affiliations, Paper Titles. Panel proposals with more than five (5) papers will not be accepted.

Presenter Format

Panels will use the presenter format, as is usual at IUS conferences. Presenters provide a summary and analysis of panelists’ papers, including their own critique. The authors of the individual papers then make brief comments after the presenter’s overview. This maximizes time available for discussion and provides a thematic overview of the papers. This differs from the discussant model used at other conferences, where paper authors speak first, and then the discussant provides his/her comments and critique of the papers. As a courtesy, authors should provide copies of their papers to the presenter and the other panelists at least four (4) weeks in advance of the Conference. The goal is to encourage interaction with the audience, with at least half the allotted panel time available for that purpose.

Proposal Dates and Deadlines

The Program Committee must receive e-mailed proposals no later than Friday, February 1, 2013. The IUS Secretariat will acknowledge receipt of each proposal via e-mail.

Both paper and panel proposals (one page maximum) must include the following information:

  1. Paper Title(s)
  2. Author(s) with address(es), phone, fax, and e-mail
  3. Brief abstract (200 words)

A panel proposal should also include:

  1. Panel Title/Topic/Subject
  2. Names of Chair and Presenter an their affiliations
  3. Names, e-mails, phone/fax and addresses of all panelists (5 MAXIMUM)

Authors may submit one or more separate and distinct papers, provided they understand that IUS Conference participation is limited to one (1) sole-authored paper and no more than two (2) appearances on the final program. The Program Committee will make decisions accordingly.

E-Mail Proposals to the IUS Secretariat

Please e-mail all proposals to secretariat@iusafs.org by Wednesday, February 1, 2013. Do not use any other e-mail address for the IUS Secretariat. Receipt of proposals will be confirmed by return e-mail within 72 hours.

Final decisions regarding the program will be made by May 15, 2013. All communications on proposal acceptance or decline, the program, hotel information, etc. will be sent electronically via e-mail.

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