On the Path to Conflict? Scrutinizing the U.S.-China Rivalry

March 3 through April 21, 2021. (seven-week series)

Welcome to the 2021 Peace and War Virtual Summit

The Peace and War Summit at Norwich University, America’s oldest private military college and birthplace of the Reserved Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), examines significant international issues with an eye at recommending viable solutions. The inaugural summit, a two-day event in September 2018, addressed North Korea’s nuclear and missile challenges. In our 2021 summit, we discuss a most pressing issue in the current global community—escalation of the U.S.-China rivalry. Specifically, the 2021 summit highlights challenges derived from military/security, economic, and technological angles. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we offer the 2021 summit virtually. 

Live webinar and/or pre-recording. Please register for access.
With the exception of the keynote, each session ends with a Q&A.


Yangmo Ku
Associate Professor, Political Science, Norwich University
Associate Director, John and Mary Frances Patton Peace & War Center

For more info, please visit: https://www.norwich.edu/pawc/events/2953-2021-peace-and-war-virtual-summit

“Post-Conflict Governance: from WWII to the 21st Century – Lessons Learned (and Relearned)”

Online Conference, 18-19 February 2021

The International Forum on Peace Security and Prosperity, in association with the CDA Institute and the Italian Ministry of Defence (Ministero della difesa) present this conference.

This event will bring together policy makers, researchers, students, and other interested parties on the theme of “Post-Conflict Governance: From World War II to the 21st Century – Lessons Learned (and Relearned)”.

Join us for this unique event over two half-days, as our panels of distinguished experts from Canada, Italy and France discuss and debate topics of great importance.

One of our goals is to engage and interest senior high school students. Therefore, Panel 3 on Day Two will feature high school students having distinguished themselves in an essay writing contest, currently being organized through the Sicilian school system in concert by the Italian Army in Sicily.

Our moderator throughout the conference will be Professor Emanuele Sica, PhD, Department of History, Royal Military College of Canada.

Contact: Richard Martin, Richard.martin@alcera.ca, (514) 453-3993

Conference website : http://psp-forum.org/conference-18-19-feb-2021/

Implications of the Covid-19 Pandemic on National Security

2021 Symposium for April 7-8, 2020 banner - Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on National Security

Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on National Security

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic posed new strategic challenges within the political, military, economic, social, infrastructure, information (PMESII), and intelligence domains of nation-states. To analyze the implications of the pandemic’s impact on these domains and to explore their implications on national security the Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies, the College of Arts and Letters, the UNG Press, and the Army Strategist Association are pleased to announce a symposium on the topic for the purpose of contributing to the scholarly discussion of this complex and strategically challenging issue.

For the purpose of this symposium, national security is the safekeeping of the nation as a whole. Its highest order of business is the protection of the nation and its people from attack and other external dangers by maintaining armed forces and guarding state secrets. Because national security entails both national defense and the protection of a series of geopolitical, economic, and other interests, it affects not only defense policy, but foreign and other policies as well. 2021 Symposium Flyer (PDF) (1.6Mb)

Symposium format. The symposium will consist of a series of speakers and panels on 7 and 8 April as well as undergraduate student presentations on the afternoon of 8 April. Panelists will be selected competitively from those who submit abstracts for papers, and tentatively, travel and lodging will be covered by the symposium. Paper submission guidelines are below. Undergraduate student involvement information is in the “Student Presentations” tab below.

Writing contest. A writing contest will be held in conjunction with the symposium and judged by PhD professors at the University of North Georgia. Cash honoraria will be awarded to the winning author and two runners-up. The winner will be afforded the opportunity to attend the symposium at no cost with travel and lodging paid by the symposium. Details are in the “Writing Contest” tab below. ILSS Symposium 2021 Paper Submission Guidelines

U.S. and international scholars, graduate, and undergraduate students are invited to submit abstracts for papers on topics related to the theme. Please submit abstracts (500 words) and short bio (150 words) by January 18, 2021 to keith.antonia@ung.edu. Panel presentations will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length. Conference panelists will be selected from the submitted abstracts. Panelists will be notified of acceptance by February 8, 2021. 

Symposium participants may submit articles for possible inclusion in a peer-reviewed symposium monograph to be published by the University of North Georgia Press. The deadline for article submissions will be July 7, 2021.

More information about the symposium will be updated here when announced.


April 7-8, 2021


University of North Georgia
Dahlonega Campus
Convocation Center


If you need closed captioning for this event, please email Keith Antonia or call 706 867-4576.

The 21st Hwarangdae International Symposium

On 24 September 2020 Korea Military Academy will be the host of the 21st virtual edition of Hwarangdae International Symposium. The theme of this event is : “Peace and Future Behond War : Past, Present, and Future of the Korean War”.

The program of this onday envent includes a Special event (Special talk between the 8th UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the 65th US Secretary of State Gen. (Ret.) Colin Powell).

This Special talk will be held on 24 September 2020 between 10:00 and 11:00 AM (Seoul Time – UTC+9) and can be viewed at the following adress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUaikYx-5Io


ISoDoMA 2017

International Symposium on the Development of Military Academies (ISoDoMA)
What is ISoDoMA?

ISoDoMA is a biennial international exchange forum that focuses on the training of young officers in military academies. This forum is attended by military and civilian personnel from military academies. The 2017 edition is organized jointly by the Korea Military Academy (KMA) and the Royal Military College Saint-Jean.

In May 2006, around ten countries with ties to KMA (Sweden, USA, France, Turkey, Georgia, Japan, Australia, Thailand and Spain) participated in the 13th edition of the Hwarangdae International Symposium whose theme was: “What is the contribution of the military academies to the development of the armed forces of their country?” During this event participants stressed the importance of these exchanges and expressed the wish to strengthen co-operation between military academies in order to improve the quality of training for young officers. A year later, in November 2007, Korea and the Military Academy of Korea hosted the first edition of ISoDoMA.

ISoDoMA has three main objectives:

  1. Build an international system of co-operation between military academies.
  2. Conceive exchange and co-operation programs between military academies.
  3. Exchange information on common challenges military academies face.

Previous editions

  • 2007 – 1st edition (SOUTH KOREA – Korea Military Academy (KMA))
    Topic: “The changing environment of future educational innovation for military academies”
  • 2009 – 2nd edition (FRANCE – École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr (ESM Saint-Cyr))
    Topic: “Irregular warfare training for officers”
  • 2011 – 3rd edition (COLOMBIA – Escuela Militar of Cadets General José María Córdova (ESMIC))
    Topic: “Challenges for military academies in the training of 21st century officers”
  • 2013 – 13th Hwarangdae International Symposium (SOUTH KOREA – Korean Military Academy (KMA))
    Topic: “Leadership for military officers, theories, Applications and new perspectives”
  • 2015 – 4th edition (SPAIN – Academia General Militar (AGM))
    Topic: “Comprehensive Education for officers to face New Security Challenges”
    5th edition (CANADA – Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean))
  • Topic: “The development of general culture and critical thinking in the training of officers and military personnel”

ISoDoMA 2017 – Program

Panel 1 – Intellectual Development in Military Academies

•        Cmdt Lee Kangho, Korean Military Academy (KMA; Korea), « Réflexion sur le développement d’un système d’enseignement multiculturel à l’Académie militaire de Corée »
•        Dr Mohamed Adel Kallala, Center for Military Research (Tunisia), « Formation intellectuelle des jeunes officiers : rôles des langues et les diversités culturelles »
•        Col d’état-major Gerges el Ghazzi, Commandant Anis Mouawad, Military Academy (Lebanon), « La formation intellectuelle et professionnelle des militaires »
•        LCol Le Jariel des Châtelets, École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr (ESM Saint-Cyr; France), « Saint-Cyr un exemple de formation intégrée qui combine formation humaine, académique et  militaire »

Panel 1 – The role and importance of Liberal Arts in the intellectual development of young officers – Section 1 : Liberal Arts

•        Capt. Santiago Cortés Fernández, Escuela Militar de Cadetes “Gral. Jose Maria Cordova” (Colombia), “The Importance of Liberal Arts in Military Preparation”
•        LCol Dong-Ha Seo, Korean Military Academy (KMA; Korea), “Can the Liberal Arts Help Us with the Question of How to Produce Good Army Officers in the Twenty-first Century”

Panel 2 – Foreign languages and cultural diversity in the intellectual development of young officers – Section 1 : Language Training

•        SLt Da Hyung Mari Sun, Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC; Canada), “Foreign Languages and Cultural Diversity in the Intellectual Development of Young Officers”

Panel 2 – Foreign languages and cultural diversity in the intellectual development of young officers – Section 1 : Language Training

•        LCol Martinez de Baños,  General Military Academy (Spain), “English readiness Plan”
•        LCol Freddy Vidal, Military School Chorrillos “Colonel Francisco Bolognesi” (Peru), “Foreign Languages and Cultural Diversity in the Intellectual Development of Young Officers”
•        Major Philippe Turbide, RMC Saint-Jean, “Presentation of the Chief Warrant Officer Osside Profession of Arms Institute: Canadian Armed Forces senior Non-Commissioned members school”

Panel 2 – Foreign languages and cultural diversity in the intellectual development of young officers – Section 2 : Social Network and Cultural Intelligence

•        LCol Insoo Kim PhD, Korean Military Academy (KMA; Korea), “Social Network Building of International Military Academy Cadets in South Korea”
•        Mr. Luis Guillermo Munoz Angulo, Cadets Military School (Colombia), “International relations as a Factor for Intercultural Training of Young Officers”
•        Col Dr. Harald Gell, Theresan Military Academy (Austria), “European initiative for the exchange of young officers inspired by Erasmus”

Panel 3 – The intellectual and professional development of military personnel – Section 1 : Competencies and Collaboration in Military Academies

•        Capt. Philipp Schaller, PhD., Staff College of the Armed Forces (Germany), “A Paradigm-Shift Towards competency-Orientation in the German Military training and Education-Observations and Learnings from the Bundeswehr command and Staff College: (Germany)”
•        Col Artur Krol, PhD & Lt.Col. Mariusz Gontarczyk,  PhD, Military Technical University (Poland), “Intellectual Knowledge and Professional Competences within Education of Military Technical Officers”
•        Mr. Artur Gruszczak, PhD, Jagiellonian University (Poland), “Achieving Synergistic Effects of collaboration Between Civil and Military Academies-The Case of Jagiellonian University”

Panel 3 – The intellectual and professional development of military personnel – Section 2 : Achieving Equilibrium in Military Education

•        LCol Marcin Bielewicz, PhD., General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Military Academy of Land Forces (Poland), “Agile Leader or Branch-oriented specialist? Whom should military academies produce?”
•        Mr. Maxime Rondeau, RMC Saint-Jean (Canada), “Achieving Equilibrium in NCO Professional Military Education: The Case of the Canadian Armed forces”
•        Lcol Enrico Spinello, The IT-Army Education and Training Command and School of Military Applied Studies, Marina Marchisio, University of Torino (Italy), “Strenghts for a Balanced Learning system for Officers Well Prepared for future challenges”
•        Col Joe Shipley, Director Directorate – Military Training & Cooperation (DMTC)
Presentation of the Military Training and Cooperation Program offered by the Department of National Defense of Canada”