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COVID-19 NOTICE: Norwich University values the health and safety of our entire campus community and guests visiting our university. With respect to the coronavirus pandemic we will be closely following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and the Vermont Department of Health regarding our ability to host the ISOMA Symposium in October, 2021. Any changes to the ISOMA Symposium will be communicated directly to registered participants and updates will be published on this website. Learn more here.

All ISOMA participants who submitted an abstract on this year’s theme, Preparing Military Leaders to Effectively Resolve 21st Century Service Challenges, have received confirmation of their acceptance. Accepted abstracts will be followed by an invitation to submit a paper by April 30, 2021 for blind peer review to be published in the Journal of Peace and War Studies (JPWS). The selected papers will form the JPWS special issue which will be published and disseminated at the 2021 International Symposium of Military Academies (ISOMA ) conference.

Preparing Military Leaders to Effectively Resolve 21st Century Security Challenges

Three sub-themes:

Relationships for Military Leaders
• Working with Partner Nations
• Civil Military Challenges
Mastering New Domains
(Developing Military Leaders’ capacity beyond traditional conceptions of Land, Sea, and Air)
• Cyber/Information
• Environmental Challenges and Security
• Space
Foundational Methods
(The cornerstones of our success)
• Leadership
• Ethics
• Educational Challenges/Methods

We welcome submissions from varied perspectives and unique insights from a broad range of authors for this special edition. In addition to academic abstracts in the fields of military education, peace and war studies, cyber, international relations, and political science, we also encourage submissions from experts outside these fields who envision the future from a myriad of perspectives and can contribute unique insights. These additional fields could include, but are not limited to, environmental science, anthropology, communications, biology, engineering, psychology, geography, architecture, and robotics. Finally, we encourage joint authorship with cadets, non-commissioned/commissioned officers, and security professionals/practitioners.

Each abstract/paper should offer unique insights, practices, training, or evidence-based predictions. The central focus for all submissions is to share best practices and approaches for professional and military training/education in order to prepare leaders to overcome 21st century challenges.

We look forward to your abstracts, the knowledge that you will share, and to be your host at Norwich University in October 2021.


  • October 2020: Paper abstract due
  • November 2020: Paper abstract acceptance notification & 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

Journal of Peace and War Studies (JPWS)

An academic journal published by the John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center (PAWC) at Norwich University

JPWS is an annual peer-reviewed journal published by the Peace and War Center (PAWC) at Norwich University—America’s first private military college and birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

JPWS aims to promote and disseminate high quality research on peace and war throughout the international academic community. It also aims to provide policy makers in the United States and many other countries with in-depth analyses of contemporary issues and policy alternatives. JPWS encompasses a wide range of research topics covering peacekeeping/peacebuilding, interstate reconciliation, transitional justice, international security, human security, cyber security, weapons of mass destruction developments, terrorism, civil wars, religious/ethnic conflicts, and historical/territorial disputes around the world.

To learn more, visit:
Journal of Peace and War Studies (JPWS)

2020 theme: On the Path to Conflict? Scrutinizing US-China Rivalry (published in October 2020)

2019 theme: Dealing with North Korea’s Nuclear/Missile Challenges (published in March 2019)

2020 theme: On the Path to Conflict? Scrutinizing US-China Rivalry (published in October 2020)

2021 edition: Preparing Military Leaders to Effectively Resolve 21st Century Security Challenges — a special issue commemorating the 2021 ISOMA Symposium

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