War Studies Working Group

War Studies Working Group 2008

of the International Society of Military Sciences

Chair:  David Last

Politics and Economics

Royal Military College of Canada



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War Studies Research Interests

Several presenters and conference participants noted the overlap between research working groups, particularly RWG #1 War Studies, and RWG#6 Security and Defence Policy and Strategy.  One comment was that these working groups might be divided along disciplinary lines, with “War Studies” grounded in history, while “Security and Defence Policy and Strategy”  might be grounded in political science.  Another observation was that in practice all of the working groups were multi-disciplinary, and that the papers selected for each by the Conference Committee accurately reflected the multidisciplinary nature of each group of subjects described by the Council.

Summary of research Interests identified by participants:

War-studies working group.pdf

The War Studies Working Group shared two panels at the First Annual Conference of the International Society for Military Sciences. 

Conference presentations have been included with the permission of the presenters.

James Corum, Christopher Spearin, Houchang Hassan-Yari, Jan van Angeren

Summary papers prepared by students of the Dutch Command and Staff College:

ISMS point papers HDV 2009.pdf

War Studies First Panel

(Chaired by Dr. David Last)

Dr. C. Spearin (Canadian Forces College), Piracy and the International Privatization of Security: A Security Governance Assessment.

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jan van Angeren (Netherlands Defence Academy), Painless War: An Illusory Pipe-dream or a Practice-based Development?

Houchang Hassan Yari (Royal Military College of Canada), Civil-Military Relations in Iran and the Evolution of the Revolutionary Guard.

Dr. James Corum (Baltic Defence College), Developing Future Counterinsurgency Doctrine.


War Studies Second Panel

(Chaired by Dr. David Last)

Ir. Sjef Orbons (Netherlands Defence Academy) Nonlethality as a Military Option in the Afghanistan Security Context: Experiences and Prospect.


Ir. R.H.A. Lindelauf (Netherlands Defence Academy) Network analysis in counter terrorism and counter insurgency.


Dr. Paul C. van Fenema (Netherlands Defence Academy), Evolution of Military Coordination at Sub-strategic Levels: Changing Roles across Generations of Warfare.


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