International seminar - Security and Defence Cooperation in the 21st Century: What Issues, What Models?

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International seminar organised by PhD candidates, who are funded through the International Relations and Strategy programme, with the support of the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS) of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces and the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM).

The aim of this seminar is to bring together a group of researchers and practitioners from all disciplines in the theoretical field of security and defence studies. In order to better comprehend the issues raised by defence cooperation in the 21st century, we wish to focus our reflection on the following two topics:

Topic 1: Why do we (not) cooperate?
The first topic considers the reasons, the costs and benefits as well as the aims of security and defence cooperation in the 21st century. Why do we cooperate today: is it for political, economic, strategic or operational reasons? What are the purposes of these partnerships? Here we also consider what the choice of non-cooperation implies. Is it a symbol of isolationism to maintain strategic autonomy or is it a politico-economic choice to avoid additional costs?

Topic 2: Lessons learned
The second topic considers the advantages and disadvantages as well as the successes and failures of security and defence cooperation in the 21st century. How is cooperation put in place, and how is it maintained? Who are the actors involved in this process? Do states prefer to act in specific ways or to cooperate in specific areas? How do we measure the effectiveness of defence cooperation? Have evaluation criteria evolved and, in turn, changed the opportunities for cooperation? What are the lessons learned from the different partnerships initiated since the beginning of the 21st century?

Proposals for papers should not exceed one page and may be written in English or French. They should mention the title of the paper and specify the topic in which the paper fits. Proposals should be sent, together with a short biography of the author(s), to the address before 31 January 2018.

Deadline for submitting proposals: 31 January 2018
Selection of proposals: 15 March 2018
Deadline for sending final papers: 31 May 2018