The Tenth Annual Meeting of the Cornwallis Group will be held at the Royal Military College (RMC), Kingston, Ontario, Canada with the continued involvement of the Canadian Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC). This call for papers invites the submission of abstracts of papers to the Program Committee. The general topic of this conference is Analysis for New and Emerging Conflicts. Paper proposals are most welcome that address this question or one of the following concentrations:
understanding the nature of those new conflicts and resulting challenges for CIMIC
fostering and measuring the effectiveness of interagency coordination
the role of integrated civil-military responses to those challenges
Discussion of the relative levels of responsibility and involvement of military and civilian personnel in military operations
How to measure the effectiveness in Civil-Military relations?
How can polling help in Civil-Military relations?
In addition, the Proceedings of the Cornwallis Group will be published by the Canadian Peacekeeping Press. The meeting will also involve the Canadian Department of National Defence which is particularly interested in measures of effectiveness for civil-military cooperation in the broadest sense, and will sponsor a small number of papers presenting, reviewing, or comparing analytical tools that might be used to assess effectiveness of stabilisation operations, peace support, and CIMIC, including but not limited to: Econometrics, input/output analysis; Sampling, surveying, questionnaires, and opinion polls; Course-of-action selection models; Technological solutions or aids for measuring effectiveness; Modeling and simulation to assist in planning and measuring effectiveness; Review of implications and deductions for measuring effectiveness of CIMIC, or the operational objectives to which it contributes.
The theme for Cornwallis X acknowledges the need to consider the causes and effects of conflict far beyond the mainly military focus of conflict discussed during our first meeting in 1995. Subsequent Cornwallis Group meetings have stressed the increasing complexity of the conflict environment. Continuing events in Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Timor, Indonesia, and elsewhere have shown the critical need to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the causes and effects of conflict. No longer is it appropriate to concentrate on military aspects, as the keys to peace and stability may lie elsewhere. Ethnic, religious, political, and other groups in competition for a wide range of societal resources are major drivers of conflict and must be considered in a comprehensive manner. It is hoped that Cornwallis X will generate new levels of understanding of these problems that could provide the basis for new approaches to operations and activities in complex conflict environments. The effect of natural disaster on conflict will also be of interest as we watch the evolving situation caused by the Christmas weekend Tsunamis.
The deadline for paper proposals is FEBRUARY 14th, 2005. Proposals should not be longer than 500 words (max). Selection of the papers will be completed by February 28th, 2005. Please note that full papers are not due until after the conference.
Requests for participation and abstracts of papers for the theme of Cornwallis X and all other inquiries should be sent the conference coordinator:
The Royal Military College of Canada
Department of Politics and Economics
PoBox: 17000 Stn Forces
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Tel. (613) 541-6000-ext. 6535
Fax: (613) 541- 6733
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