NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University has extended the deadline for abstracts for a special edition of Journal of Peace and War Studies which will be released to coincide with the seventh International Symposium of Military Academies.

The symposium, aka ISOMA, will run Oct. 4 through Oct. 8, 2021, on its Northfield, Vermont, campus. The special journal edition will have the theme “Preparing Military Leaders to Effectively Resolve 21st Century Service Challenges.”

Paper abstracts can be submitted through Oct. 31, 2020, here. The deadline was extended from September. Paper abstract acceptance notifications will be sent in November.

Conference registration will open Thursday. (1oct2020)

Norwich University will be the first-ever American destination for ISOMA.

Norwich University will be the first-ever American destination for ISOMA, which  works within the International Association of Military Academies’ framework to promote sharing of knowledge and competencies among member military academies.

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.

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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