NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University will host the seventh International Symposium of Military Academies (ISOMA), to be held Oct. 4 through Oct. 8, 2021, on its Northfield, Vermont, campus. To coincide with the conference, the university is seeking papers to be published in a special ISOMA edition of Norwich's Journal of Peace and War Studies (JPWS) aligned with the theme, “Preparing Military Leaders to Effectively Resolve 21st Century Service Challenges.”

ISOMA works within the framework of the International Association of Military Academies (IAMA), which promotes knowledge and competency sharing among member military academies. Paper abstracts can be submitted through October 2020 here.

Norwich University will be the first-ever American destination for ISOMA. Besides joining meetings and conference sessions on a wide variety of topics, participants from approximately 40 nations will tour Montpelier and Burlington, Vermont, over five days.

“It is truly an honor for Norwich to host ISOMA 2021,” Peace and War Center Director and Professor Travis Morris said. “Military academy delegates from around the world will be on our campus to discuss how to best prepare future military leaders to confront and overcome complex 21st century challenges. As military academies, we all share a common vision of developing leaders that are intelligent, resilient, and competent. Our students, faculty and staff will have the unique opportunity to learn from some of the globe’s leaders in military education, which will contribute to Norwich leading into the next 100 years.”

Symposium subthemes include:

  • Relationships for military leaders: Working with partner nations and meeting civil-military challenges.
  • Mastering new domains: Developing military leaders’ capacity beyond traditional conceptions of land, sea and air, e.g., cyber/information, environmental challenges and security, space.
  • Foundational methods: The cornerstones of our success — leadership, ethics and educational challenges/methods.

This special journal edition will seek varied perspectives and ideas. Besides academic abstracts in military education, peace and war studies, cyber, international relations and political science, it will seek contributions from experts in environmental science, anthropology, communications, biology, engineering, psychology, geography, architecture and robotics. Joint authorship with cadets, noncommissioned/commissioned officers, and security professionals/practitioners is also encouraged.

Each abstract/paper should offer insights, practices, training or evidence-based predictions. All should focus on sharing best practices and approaches for professional and military training/education that will prepare leaders to overcome 21st century challenges.

Important dates:

  • October 2020: Paper abstract due
  • November 2020: Paper abstract acceptance notification and full paper invitation
  • April 2021: Full paper due
  • May 2021: Final articles blind peer review
  • July 2021: Review and resubmit, if necessary
  • August 2021: Copy editing and final proofs
  • September 2021: Journal of Peace and War Studies, ISOMA edition published
  • ISOMA: October 4-8, 2021

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