[Originally published by Royal Danish Defence College]

Institute for Military History and War Studies at the Royal Danish Defence College is in cooperation with the Romanian Political Studies of Defence and Military History hosting next year’s Conflict Studies Working Group conference from May 29th to June 2nd 2017 in Bucharest.

The theme of the conference is “The use of military forces in domestic affairs: Lessons from the past, current issues and future developments”. The hosts encourage those interested to participate or to present papers on sub-themes that may include the following and other connected topics:

  • The use of armed forces in a hybrid war environment;
  • The impact of the European migrant crisis and the remilitarization of border control systems;
  • Redefining “enemies” and redefining “military tasks”;
  • Possible developments in the (near) future;
  • Legal issues connected with the conference theme;
  • National experiences as regards the role of the armed forces in domestic affairs;
  • The role of the armed forces during civil wars and internal conflicts in the 20th and 21st centuries;
  • The use of paramilitary and reserve organizations in civil disturbances;
  • Veterans as a public order force;
  • Counterinsurgency at home;
  • The militarization of law enforcement organizations through history (for example gendarmerie type forces);
  • National doctrine development and the impact on the development of weapons, capabilities and military equipment.


The deadline for submissions is February 24th 2017.

For more information on the conference and the call for papers please click here.