Call for papers: 'Putting Modern Deterrence into Practice'

31 January 2019 / Categories: DA News and Events

The Defence Academy will be hosting its annual conference on 22-23 May 2019. The theme of the conference is 'Putting Modern Deterrence into Practice' and calls for papers engaging with the question, ‘what are the challenges of putting deterrence into practice in an increasingly complex and interconnected world?' 

Conference background

In collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, King’s College London and the UK Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance, the conference seeks to examine: ‘what are the challenges of putting deterrence into practice in an increasingly complex and interconnected world?’ It aims to explore the concept and practice of deterrence in the 21st century, including: the challenges of deterrence across multiple domains and involving multiple actors, both state and non-state; the challenges of deterrence communication in a networked world; deterrence and alliance cohesion; and the perils of escalation.

The format of the event will involve panels, with invited speakers, and table top scenario-based exercises. 

Call for papers

The Defence Academy is issuing this ‘call for papers’, soliciting 300-word abstracts for proposed papers (5-7,000-words) and will use up to 4 such papers for the conference, with the successful authors comprising one of the panels. 

Abstracts should engage with the context within which deterrence currently operates, and may have to operate in the future. This includes topics such as: the challenges to effective deterrence including communication in a networked world; the different domains within which it operates; the scope for cross-domain deterrence; the various challengers to be deterred (state and non-state); alliance cohesion; and the perils of escalation.  Abstracts could take a UK-specific or western alliance perspective, or make a case for studying other national individual approaches such as that of the US, France or Israel for example.  The papers will later be published as research papers by the Defence Academy.

To apply for the panel, please send a 300-word abstract to Defence Academy Deterrence Conference via email by Friday 15 February 2019.

Decisions on successful abstracts will be communicated to successful applicants by Friday 22 February 2019.

Draft papers should then be submitted by Friday 12 April 2019 so feedback can be provided before final paper submission by Friday 10 May 2019. 

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