Call for Proposals
Annual ISSS/IS Conference
18-19 October 2019
Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy
Josef Korbel School, University of Denver
A Transformed Security Environment?
Program Chairs: Deborah Avant, David Goldfischer, Julia Macdonald, and Paul Viotti
The liberal order's crisis and what it will bring is generating as much debate as the order itself has. The exploitation of cyber technologies to challenge Western power and democratic values is exemplary: the cyber age has created a new terrain for both politics and conflict. Some view Russia and China's exploitation of cyber tools to weaken Western states as a return to geopolitics. But evidence that parties within the US and Europe also use emerging technologies to undermine democratic values and institutions suggest a more complicated reality. The cyber age has transformed boundaries between state and society and complicated levels of analysis. At the same time, it has added new layers of complexity to deterrence, defense, civil-military relations, and war-fighting (even as we have traditionally understood them). It has eroded protections once offered by geography and time, and has enabled novel forms of attack that erase boundaries between the military, economic, and political spheres. Not only do cyber tools present their own challenges; strategies for addressing long-recognized threats such as nuclear proliferation, new weapons systems, terrorism, and power transitions are also now more difficult.
Cyber technology is only one example of transformation, though. Alongside it sits a host of others that simultaneously mount new challenges and complicate longstanding global issues. These include climate change, resource scarcity, mass migration, and other emerging challenges. And, of course, all of these challenges also intersect and interact with one another. How should we understand this changing security environment?
While we welcome proposals on subjects long familiar to the field, we are especially interested in those that address, or are informed by, the broader questions posed by challenges that transform the security environment – or not – and how to manage the complexities introduced by accelerating change.
Sorry, the submission period for ISSS-IS 2019 ended June 15th. For more information, please contact the program chair. Even if you did not submit, anyone is welcome to register and attend the conference.