Events  |  ,   |  January 3, 2020

2020-07-29 – ISME 2020: 40th Annual International Society for Military Ethics Conference: Military Ethics in a Grave New World

Conference on July 29-30, 2020 at the US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Increasingly, states are finding ways to use force to achieve strategic goals while staying below triggers for traditional war. The rapidly increasing military capabilities in the areas of cyber warfare, autonomous weapons systems, the application of artificial intelligence to military force, and new weapons such as hypersonic missiles, pose novel ethical challenges addressed poorly at best by previously settled frameworks for military ethics.

This year’s conference focuses on the growing spectrum of uses of force in today’s changing world, where the generally agreed to system of international relations that evolved within the framework of the Westphalian System has morphed into the “Liberal International Order” in the aftermath of World War II.  Increasingly, rising powers such as Russia, China, and Iran are finding ways to use force to achieve strategic goals while staying below triggers for traditional war.  The rapidly increasing military capabilities in the areas of cyber warfare, autonomous weapons systems, the application of artificial intelligence to military force, and new weapons such as hypersonic missiles, pose novel ethical challenges poorly addressed by previously settled frameworks for military ethics.

ISME 2020 will address aspects of this changing environment:  e.g., the restructuring of the international system, new weapons and tactics, war in the gray zone of “little green men,” the building of artificial islands in the South China Sea, other jus ad vim issues, employment of “lawfare,” strategic encouragement of irredentist aspirations, internment and “re-education” of cultural and religious minorities on vulnerable flanks, interference in elections, and the impact of these phenomena on the health and well-being of military members, veterans, and other citizens.

Topic areas

  • History of Western Philosophy, Miscellaneous
  • Applied Ethics
  • Meta-Ethics
  • Normative Ethics
  • Philosophy of Law Social and Political Philosophy

International Society for Military Ethics