International Society for Military Ethics (ISME): Save the Date
The theme of this coming year’s annual meeting will be: “Women in the Armed Forces: Confronting the Ethical Challenges.” Invited keynote and banquet speakers will be announced soon. Your own reflections on this topic are invited. As always, papers will be considered and accepted on any aspect of military ethics. Participation from members of other ISME chapters and armed services around the world is, as always, warmly welcomed and encouraged.
IUS/Canada 2014 Photos, Abstracts and Tweets Now Available
The 2014 IUS/Canada Conference photos are now available on the IUS Facebook page. Click here to view and download the photos.
IUS Fellow Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
IUS fellow Dr. Leena Parmar received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the field of military sociology at Rajasthan University in India. As a Professor of Sociology at Rajasthan University, her achievements span 40 years of research, teaching, and dissertation supervision. Please join us in congratulating her contribution to our field.
Citizen Soldier: On the Brink of World War I
Although history often points to the June 1914 assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand as the event that started the Great War – World War One was not started by any single event.
To understand what happened in those pivotal months 100 years ago, we must understand the interlocking alliances that existed both before and after Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, and the economic priorities of all combatant nations, including Russia, Germany, France, England, Turkey and the United States, and the colonies of these nations.
These historic and tragic chain of events turned countries from people who couldn’t imagine going to war against each other as demonstrated during the soldier led Christmas Truce of 1914, to hardened enemies with no common ground.
IUSAFS Releases First Podcast InterviewAs part of OnlineFirst, by which forthcoming articles are published online before they are scheduled to appear in print, Armed Forces & Society has released a podcast interview on an article in an upcoming issue. Listen to our Editorial Assistant Colin Smith interview Dr. Neil J. Diamant about his article with co-author Dr. Kevin J. O'Brien titled "Contentious Veterans: China’s Retired Officers Speak Out.”
What drives retired military officers in China toward contention? Decades of research on protest has produced little on veterans’ collection action, and even less on that by ex-officers. Newspaper reports, police journals, and veterans’ blogs show that contention by Chinese former officers (ranging from occupying government compounds to marches, mass petitioning, open letters, and class action lawsuits) is the result of bad luck in post-military job assignments, a fragmented political system that makes it difficult to ensure that pensions and other benefits reach retirees, and pervasive corruption that leads ex-officers to feel that local officials have embezzled funds meant for them. Contention by former officers typically uses military rhetoric and builds on military experiences, even for former officers who were employed in civilian jobs for many years. Although contention by ex-officers is not likely to rock the state, it says much about how “sticky” military identities are, where veterans fit in the political landscape, Leninist civil–military relations, and the treatment that old soldiers receive in a fast changing socioeconomic order.Listen to the podcast interview here.
Call for Papers Special Issue of the Turkish Journal of Sociology on Military Sociology
Deadline for Article Submission March 31, 2015
The Turkish Journal of Sociology wishes to publish its first issue devoted to military sociology. First published in 1917, The Turkish Journal of Sociology is a publication of the Department of Sociology of the Istanbul University Faculty of Letters, the first and leading sociology department in Turkey. The Turkish Journal of Sociology is a peer-reviewed, biannually published journal (http://journals.istanbul.edu.tr/iusosyoloji).
Modern militaries have undergone considerable change in recent decades. This is a reflection of dramatic changes in society, including changes in inter- and intra-state politics, public opinion, civil-military relations, demographics, and both short-and long-term military engagements around the world. Within Turkey, issues surrounding the military have received considerable attention in the political science, military history, and military science arenas. However, amid the quickly changing contexts in which its military operates, in tandem with its importance domestically and internationally, Turkey remains an understudied country in the field of military sociology studies.
Camacho Advising for Peace in Somalia
1""7 Points Communiqué on Strengthening Somalia's National Security,"" Somalicurrent news,"" accessed May 19, 2014 online at http://www.somalicurrent.com/ 2014/04/24/7-points-communeque-on-strengthening-somalias-national-security/
2""Somalia: UN deploys new special force to protect staff in Mogadishu,"" UN News Centre, accessed May 19, 2014 at http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.as?NewsIS=47820#.U3pgdCj49uA
2013 Morris Janowitz Career Achievement Award Ceremony
The Morris Janowitz Career Achievement Award is awarded by the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society to a limited number of senior scholars whose careers most demonstrate excellence in the study of armed forces and society and important service to the discipline. The winners of the 2013 Award were Reuven Gal and John Allen ("Jay") Williams.
IUS Conference Photos Available Online
The 2013 IUS Conference photos are now available on the IUS Facebook page. Click here to view and download the photos.
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The IUS Expands to Social Media
The IUS has expanded our online presence by setting up accounts on each of the main social networks. From Twitter and Facebook to Google+ and LinkedIn, the IUS's new social media initiative will notify you of all IUS updates. In addition to news from the IUS, we're going to be working to use each of these hubs to allow IUS Fellows to meet and sustain the kind of professional relationships that make Fellowship such a worthwhile pursuit.
Social networking allows organizations like the IUS to continue the conference experience to our membership through the entire year by providing discussion platforms for research, opportunities, and conversation. With the addition of a YouTube account, we'll also be able to make video content available.
There's no need to follow every account; information will be shared across all platforms while continuing to be posted here on the IUS website. Add the IUS on your preferred network and you'll start connecting with your peers instantaneously.
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The Morris Janowitz Career Achievement Award is awarded by the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society to a limited number of senior scholars whose careers most demonstrate excellence in the study of armed forces and society and important service to the discipline.