4th Jagiellonian Interdisciplinary Security Conference

The 4th Jagiellonian Interdisciplinary Security Conference (4JISC)

“The Age of Warring States: Debating Peace and War in the 2020s”

Krakow, Poland, 5-6 September 2024

Call for Papers

An interdisciplinary reflection and research on contemporary security is driven by a whole variety of factors and variables which represent the critical components of the security field, as well as various elements which are supplementary yet prominent for the contemporary security environment. The Jagiellonian Interdisciplinary Security Conferences have aspired to actively cultivate the broad and rich area of security structures, processes and developments in various dimensions, exploring the multi-level architecture of complex security systems and offering fresh insights into fundamental aspects of contemporary security. The 4th Jagiellonian Interdisciplinary Security Conference (4JISC) takes up the challenge of interdisciplinarity in security studies from the perspective of great powers’ game which has exerted the strongest impact on the global security system in the past few years. The broadening of the security studies field by non-conventional factors, placing emphasis on global commons, soft and smart power, transversal processes, cross-border transfer, global circulation and distribution of key resources, must now be confronted with ‘’Empires striking back”, seeking to leverage their potential not only for their national interests, but for questioning the functionality of the global order and challenging the guardians of this order with assertive, aggressive and reclamatory aims and actions. The perennial interplay between peace and war takes on new shades in the present decade. The full-scale war in Ukraine, new phase of the Palestinian conflict, civil war in Syria, protracted instability in Iraq, tensions in the Sahel, in the Caucasus, and in Central America, in addition to terrorist threats, uncontrolled and instrumentalized migration, transnational organized crime, information warfare and nuclear weapons threat, epitomize the (in)security environment nowadays.

A debate on peace and war in such entangled international environment, interacting with complex domestic affairs, is implicated in the reconsideration and revision of many concepts, theories and traditional approaches which have dominated in the 21st-century security studies, international relations and political science. It results from vibrant exchanges among scholars and experts in their search for better tuned and more effective theoretical and methodological frameworks. But it is mostly due to the dynamics of social interactions, international relations, security policies and interests which has generated numerous processes, events and trends in the past few years. Shifts on the global security map are no longer seen from a conventional IR perspective; rather, they are perceived as transversal, multi-dimensional and transgressive acts and actions, interacting with, and interfering in, so many diverse actors, structures and relations enmeshed in the networked architecture of contemporary security.

In this context, the responsibility for maintaining peace and stability has become more dispersed, with the continuously crucial role of states, their alliances and intergovernmental organisations mingled with the impact of non-state actors, networks, and even individuals. With the increasing uncertainty within regional and global security environments and the contestation of existing security structures, all actors need to (re)adapt and adjust their strategies and trajectories for action. In this challenging reality we celebrate the 75th anniversary of signing of the North Atlantic Treaty and the 25th anniversary of the first post-Cold War enlargement of NATO. The Alliance, which has stood as a dominant security provider in the North Atlantic region and served as a tool for stability worldwide, currently has to face this new reality and again adapt to its security environment. The way how NATO tackles with the amassing challenges to its missions and tasks, as well as risks and threats to its members’ security and defence, seems to be a litmus test for the Alliance’s robustness and efficacy as a global security actor

The 4th Jagiellonian Interdisciplinary Security Conference invites all participants to explore contemporary security in a pluralist, interdisciplinary and novel way, daring to challenge the established ‘paradigmatic’ frames and offer fresh and stimulating ideas and concepts. Sun Tzu’s thoughts, reflecting the Warring States period in ancient China, might be a springboard for an open, animated and useful discussion on the revival of competition, rivalry and hostility among contemporary states. Currently, security is much more a collective endeavour, engaging alliances and coalitions in regional and global defensive arrangements. G7, Quad, Quint  along US-drawn geostrategic fault lines.

This is also an invitation to a novel and broader outlook on the spectrum of security-related themes, problems and fields which stretch between peace and war. This entails exploration and discussion of factors, variables and determinants which address the security conundrum in times of uncertainty, relativity, risk and redux which emerge and expand in the multiple spaces conserving traditional patterns of cooperation and conflict, maintaining the modernization dynamics in politics, governance, and security, and exploiting virtual structures of AI-driven cyberspace, quantum computing and machine learning.

The 4th Jagiellonian Interdisciplinary Security Conference is intended to offer a forum for a lively, stimulating and interdisciplinary debate on contemporary concepts, meanings, theories and practices of peace and war, order and instability, threats and opportunities, the past and the future. It is aimed to explore what happens when we overcome, and not bypass, conventional thinking patterns and strive at exploring, explaining and examining matters of peace and war in a truly broad, rich and  interdisciplinary manner.  The Organizers of 4JISC, and the Programme Committee in particular, encourage prospective participants to submit panel, round-table and paper proposals addressing the following key themes and topics:

  • Reexamining theoretical foundations of peace and war;
  • The transformation of agency and actorness in the spectrum of contemporary security;
  • Global powers in search of a new system: Reform, revisionism, denial;
  • The dynamics of conflicts and crises: From a comprehensive approach to a selective one;
  • Cooperation and integration as peace-building and security-enhancing policies and strategies;
  • Activeness and indifference in contemporary security environment;
  • Military and non-military aspects of the use of violence;
  • Intelligence and awareness building: Old wine in new bottles?;
  • New dimensions and spaces: Artificial Intelligence as a game changer.

The Organizers of 4JISC are committed to ensuring inclusive and hospitable spaces for every participant with a due commitment to the status of representation and diversity.

The conference is organized by the Department of National Security, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland in cooperation with the Global Trends Lab, part of the Priority Research Area “Society of the Future” (POB FutureSoc) at Jagiellonian University.

The organizers invite proposals of papers, panels and/or round-table discussions. Abstracts should be submitted via the online application upon the previous registration.

Registration terms, dates and fees are available in the „Registration” tab: https://zbn.inp.uj.edu.pl/4jisc/registration-info

The abstract submission deadline is 10 June 2024.

Notification of acceptance of proposals will be made by 15 June 2024.

Contact with the organizers: jisc@uj.edu.pl


More than 200 cadets from 20+ countries representing 90+ separate academies and sub-units, government dignitaries, military VIPs, esteemed academics – thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to making the 4th annual International Forum on Peace, Security and Prosperity an unqualified success.

Plus de 200 cadets de 20+ pays représentant plus de 90 académies et sous-unités distinctes, des dignitaires gouvernementaux, des VIPs militaires et des universitaires estimés – merci à tous ceux qui ont participé et contribué à faire du 4e Forum international annuel sur la paix, la sécurité et la prospérité un grand succès.

Più di 200 cadetti provenienti da oltre 20 paesi in rappresentanza di oltre 90 accademie e sottounità separate, dignitari governativi, VIP militari, stimati accademici – grazie a tutti coloro che hanno partecipato e contribuito a rendere il 4° Forum internazionale annuale su pace, sicurezza e prosperità un grande evento successo.

For more information: https://psp-forum.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/forumpsp/?view_public_for=104053608137281


Call for papers for Revista Agulhas Negras (RAN) Journal Special Issue, in association with the Army Research Institute of Physical Fitness (IPCFEx).


“Science, Technology and Innovation in National Defense: challenges in physical training, cognitive performance and social resilience”

The aim of this Special issue is to gather studies and research related to National Defense regarding technological advances applied to health, quality of life and the operability of all defense actors.

More information : http://www.ebrevistas.eb.mil.br/aman/index.

ISOMA 2023

ISOMA 2023

Doha, Qatar

October 2-3, 2023

Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College (ABMMC), one of the premier military academies in the region, is honored to host 8th edition of the International Symposium Of Military Academies (ISOMA) during 2-3 October, 2023. The event marks the first time that ISOMA will be held in the Middle East, and ABMMC is pleased to assume the responsibility of organizing this historic forum.

Taking place biennially under the aegis of the International Association of Military Academies (IAMA), ISOMA is an eminent gathering of military academy delegates from around the world. The event presents a collaborative platform that discusses different approaches for equipping cadets and junior officers with military and academic competence, innovative capabilities, and principled leadership necessary to effectively face the world’s growing complexity and uncertainty.

All IAMA’s members are cordially welcome to take part in the 2023 ISOMA.

For more information and registration, please visit the dedicated webpage: https://www.abmmc.edu.qa/wp/home-2/?lang=en

ISOMA 2023

Leadersphere 2022 – Royal Military College Saint-Jean – 4 October 2022

Analyse, Decide, Act: Responding to Contemporary Security Challenges
4 October 2022

Leadersphere is Royal Military College Saint-Jean’s flagship annual conference. It addresses challenges facing Canadian leadership in the international environment, bringing academic research and practitioner expertise to bear on contemporary international problems.

In 2022, Leadersphere is themed ‘Analyse, Decide, Act: Responding to Contemporary Security Challenges’, with each panel framed around a key point in the strategic decision-making process. The first ‘Analyse’ panel showcases academic expertise on contemporary security challenges: democratic decline; cybersecurity; sexual violence in armed conflict; climate change; and pandemic response. The second ‘Decide’ panel is a forum for women leaders to reflect on gender in security decision-making. The final ‘Act’ panel features practitioners, who will reflect on the same challenges as panel one through an operational lens.


8:30 | Coffee & tea

9:00 | Welcome

Dr James Groen, Academic Director, RMC Saint-Jean

9:05 | Opening remarks

Dr Marina Sharpe & Dr Élisabeth Vallet, professors, International Studies, RMC Saint-Jean

9:15 | Panel 1 – Analyse: researcher expertise on contemporary security challenges

Moderator: Ms Aphrodite Salas, Assistant Professor, Journalism, Concordia University

Democratic decline: Dr Dietlind Stolle, James McGill Professor, Political Science, McGill University

Cybersecurity: Dr Simon Hogue, Assistant Professor, International Studies, RMC Saint-Jean

Sexual violence within armed forces: Dr Megan Mackenzie, Simons Chair in International Law & Human Security, International Studies, Simon Fraser University

Climate crisis: Dr Alexandra Lesnikowski, Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning & Environment, Concordia University

Pandemic response: Dr Caroline Quach-Thanh, Canada Research Chair in Infection Prevention, Medicine, Université de Montréal

11:15 | Lunch

12:45 | Panel 2 – Decide: gender in security decision-making

Ms Madeleine Redfern, Chief of Operations, CanArctic Inuit Networks Inc.
Ms Martine Saint-Victor, General Manager, Edelman Canada
Ms Béatrice Vaugrante, Programme Director, Global Movement Building, Amnesty International

14:45 | Coffee & tea

15:15 | Panel 3 – Act: operational and practical responses to contemporary security challenges

Democratic decline: Dr Laurence Deschamps-Laporte, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Université de Montréal

Cybersecurity: Brigadier-General James Lambert

Ambassador Jacqueline O’Neill, Canada’s Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security

Climate crisis: Dr Laure Waridel, Adjunct Professor, Environmental science, UQÀM & Co-founder, Mothers Step In

Pandemic response: Brigadier-General Krista Brodie

17:15 | Concluding remarks

Dr Marina Sharpe & Dr Élisabeth Vallet

17:30 | Closing

Col Gaétan Bédard, Commandant, RMC Saint-Jean

2022 Hwarangdae International Symposium


To promote related research for developing the military and to encourage international exchange of cutting-edge knowledge and information, the Hwarangdae Research Institute at KMA holds the Hwarangdae International Symposium every year. This year, the 40 year old annual event is entitled “Status of Defense Reform, and Vision and Role of Military Academies in the Changing Times,” and invites domestic and international experts and leaders to ask for their valuable opinions and ideas.

As this offline event is also accessible via Zoom, the KMA Superintendent request the honor of your participation to dignify the symposium, a place for meaningful discussions and cultural exchange.

May 2022
Superintendent, Korea Military Academy (KMA)
LTG Kang, Chang Goo

Please find here:

  1. the Program in PDF format (3.5 MB): Program of the 22nd Hwarangdae International Symposium
  2. the Proceedings in PDF format (68 MB): Proceedings of the 22nd Hwarangdae International Symposium





4 Officer Cadets from the Royal Military College of Canada found dead

The International Military Academies Association is saddened to learn of the tragic deaths of four cadets at the Royal Military College of Canada. The members of the IAMA extend their deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.



L’Association internationale des académies militaires est triste d’apprendre la mort tragique de quatre élèves officiers du Collège militaire royal du Canada. Les membres de l’AIAM présentent leurs plus sincères condoléances aux familles et amis des défunts.





Visit of the Secretary of the IAMA to the National Defence Academy of Latvia (NAA)

On 9 March 2022, Dr. Ian Parenteau, the secretary of the IAMA visited the National Defence Academy of Latvia (NAA) in Riga. He met with the rector of NAA/ TRADOC commander Col. Oskars Kudlis, the vice-rector, Major Andris Rozītis; Dr. Tomz Rostoks, Director of the Center for Security and Strategic Research; and Ms. Zane Ribakova, International cooperation coordinator, to discuss future cooperation and the possibility of joining the IAMA. On 11 March 2022, he addressed a conference to the students and members of the personnel of NAA on the topic of “Disinformation, Political Polarization and the Role of Social Media Algorithms”.

Vice-rector Major Andris Rozītis giving a plaque to Dr. Ian Parenteau, 11 March 2022, NAA, Riga.

Visit of the Secretary of the IAMA with the Commandant of the Doctrine and Training Command (TRADOC) Kosovo

On November 11, 2021, Dr. Ian Parenteau met with Brigadier General Irfete Spahiu, Kosovo Security Forces (KSF) Commandant of the Doctrine and Training Command (TRADOC), to discuss further cooperation between the Center for University Studies (CUS/DA), the IAMA, and its members and partners. Both parties agree to find further means of cooperation in line with all five of the association’s objectives.

TRADOC Commandant and Dr. Ian Parenteau

Visit of the Secretary of the IAMA with the Defense Minister of Kosovo

On November 12, 2021, Dr. Ian Parenteau met with the Defense Minister of Kosovo, the honourable Armend Mehaj. During this meeting, they discussed possibilities of developing ties between the Center of University Studies (CUS) (the Military Academy of Kosovo; a member of IAMA) and the association. As part of this discussion, they agreed to explore the idea of organizing an international security conference in the coming months and in which members of IAMA, other military academies and interested partners could play a role. Present to this meeting was also Major Vegim Krelani, former commandant of the CUS who played a crucial role in the development of CUS.

Meeting with Dr. Ian Parenteau and Mr. Armend Mehaj (Minister of Defense)