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Armed Forces and Operations in Asymmetric Warfare Environments
European Research Group on Military and Society
Working Group Military Profession
Turin, Italy
January 2015
Abstracts: October 30, 2014

The ERGOMAS working group on The Military Profession announces a call for papers for a special workshop on the theme Armed Forces and Operations in Asymmetric Warfare Environments, to be held in Turin, on mid-January/mid-February 2015 (definite dates will be specified later on).

The use of the military instrument in environments of asymmetric war (1) has always been more prevalent in recent years and this has certainly forced military professionals being prepared to face the challenge of new types of missions, mission different than those for which the formative period prepared them. In this framework and for the practical purpose to draw lessons from the experience gained in the field, the WG has launched the field research "Officer and Commander", whose features can be read on the last ERGOMAS Newsletter, or on the ERGOMAS website

The Turin conference has a twofold purpose: first, to provide an interim meeting of the WG "The Military Profession," in order to take stock of the first results of the research quoted above that the group is now carrying on. The second is to offer the opportunity to all members of ERGOMAS and to other interested scholars, to come together and discuss on a more general topic of great relevance today.

As matter in fact, papers in all areas touching on the general theme of the conference in national and international contexts are solicited. Given the breadth of this theme, panel submissions (groups of 3-4 papers on a similar theme) are enthusiastically solicited. Every effort will be made to group papers into relevant panels, so individual paper submissions are also welcome.

In relation to the general theme of the workshop, interventions on the following topics would be of particular interest (without wishing to restrict other proposals):
1. Aspects and problems of acceptance of death in action;
2. Diversity and cultural issues in multinational co-operations;
3. The military's functional or dysfunctional role in the international humanitarian intervention and state-building
4. Impacts of asymmetric conflicts on military professional expertise, cohesion, representativeness and legitimacy;
5. Theoretical and practical aspects of military leadership.

Proposals (250 word abstracts, complete contact information for presenting authors) must be received no later than October 30, 2014. Selection decisions will be communicated to presenting authors on or before December 15, 2014. For this purpose or for other details please write to prof. Marina Nuciari ( and to me (

To facilitate participation in the conference, there will be no registration fees and we will try to find accommodation facilities (the details will be communicated) as cheap as possible.

Giuseppe Caforio
The W.G. Coordinator

(1) For a broad view on the concept of asymmetric warfare and its practical aspects, see the book Soldiers without frontiers the view from the ground: Experiences of asymmetric warfare, G.Caforio (ed.) Bonanno Editore, Acireale 2013.
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