Today I and Dr Niklas Nilsson received a Research Initiation grant (F20-0119) from the RJ Foundation for developing an International Network in War Studies for Research on Land Operations and Tactics.
International politics has become ever more volatile over the last decade, increasing the risk of large-scale military violence. Yet the precise character of future wars will depend on a range of factors that relate to adversaries, allies, technology, geographical scope and multiple domains of warfare. Few would question the fact that land forces will continue to be important in the foreseeable future. However, given that the battlefield is in a state of transformation, so is the mission, purpose and utilisation of land forces. Indeed, serious questions are being asked about the future conduct of land warfare in the face of major, complex challenges and security threats.
The proposed research initiation will zero in on the evolving role of land forces, focusing particularly on the changes that have taken place in the art of commanding and executing combat and on the role of rapid technological innovation and information dissemination in shaping warfare. Furthermore, it is pertinent to revisit the established military theory and thinking (some of it neglected in recent years) with lessons learned from contemporary land warfare.
The initiative will bring together world-leading international researchers on land warfare from across Europe, the US, and beyond. The project will centre around two workshops and exchanges of visiting researchers, exploring a number of key issues from a thematic and an empirical perspective.
Attended a Workshop on “Great Powers Exceptionalism: Sino-American Conceptions of World Order” organised by the China Programme and United States Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Attending the 12th South China Sea International Conference titled “Maintaining Peace and Cooperation through Time of Turbulence” on 16-17 Nov 2020 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
For more information see https://scsc12.dav.edu.vn/.
Participated in the Virtual ISMS Annual Conference 2020 hosted by the Finnish National Defence University (FNDU). I presented a paper on the role of the military in the grey-zone at the War Studies in the WG1 session chaired by Marzena Zakowska (War Studies University, Warsaw, Poland) and Eryk Habowski (Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) and NATO VA Academy at War Studies University, Poland).
For more information visit https://isms2020.mmg.fi/.
Attended the “PREPARING NATO AND THE ALLIES TO THE FUTURE CHALLENGES” conference organized by Sofia Security Forum, NATO Public Diplomacy Division, NATO CMDR COE, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Bulgarian Naval Academy.
Presenting paper on the role of the military in managing hybrid threats and hybrid warfare in the grey-zone at the International Studies Association (ISA) West’s annual conference 24-27 September. It was a great panel I would like to thank my panelist at the “Space and Cyberspace” panel and the chair Brandon Valeriano for great comments.
On 22nd-23rd September 2020 I was attending the 11th Baltic Military History Conference at the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL).
The theme was “Small but Capable? Quality Against Mass in Military History” and very interesting lectures were held by experts and military historians from different countries.
Attending the SIPRI Webinar Series on “The Strategic Triangle in the Arctic” during the 7-10 September. Very interesting presentations and discussion on the interests of the Arctic and non-Arctic states, on Maritime transport and the changing geopolitical landscape, the changing geopolitical dynamics and military security challenges, and responses to the changing dynamics in the Arctic.
On 2-3 Sep 2020 I was attending a webinar on “EU–China Relations in an Era of Connectivity”, co-organized by SIPRI and the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS).
The purpose of the webinars is to explore the extent to which EU–China relations have been evolving and may evolve in an era of connectivity. In particular, the webinars will focus on understanding the economic, political and strategic rationales that underpin connectivity agendas both in China and the EU and will explore pathways for promoting mutual interests.