IUS/Canada 2016 Conference
The 2016 IUS Canada Conference will be held at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario from the 21-23 October. This year’s conference will focus on change and the fallout from change as it manifests within our military institutions and our civil societies. The pace and frequency of change creates new challenges every day, yet change is invariably rewarded and encouraged within our organizations. How can we cope? How should we prioritize change efforts? Is perpetual change sustainable? What are the alternatives? IUS Canada 2016 will provide an opportunity to consider change and its impact in myriad ways.
IUS Fellows in The Washington Post
IUS Fellows David L. Leal and Jeremy M. Teigen published a piece in The Washington Post's political science focused blog, Monkey Cage. The piece "Recent veterans are more Republican than older ones. Why?" was published on November 11, 2015:
Military veterans matter in American electoral politics, both as candidates and as voters. In the 1970s, three-quarters of congressmen were veterans, but now only about 20 percent have served. About half of this country’s major party presidential candidates, from George Washington to today, have served in uniform.
Follow the IUS on 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.
Conference Papers Now Available for Download
In advance of the 2015 International Biennial Conference at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, all the conference papers are now online and available for download.
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.
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.
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.