Supported by the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation, the “International Alliance of Military for Peace in Security” develops partnerships with link-minded institutions and networks. This is why, earlier this year, we have signed a new agreement on cooperation with the Department for Ethics and Deontology at the Research Institute of the French Army’s School of Officers in Saint Cyr Coetquidan .
Ethics and Deontology was the first research departement when the research center of St Cyr was created in October 2004. It is in the nature of scientific studies conducted at the Center, to share research results with other institutions and organizations, which also conduct research in the areas of military management and leadership practices. Therefore, cooperation, interdisciplinary analysis and critical thinking are to the heart of joint research projects.
We were received with outspoken openness and we now are looking forward to a promising partnership for the sake of universal ethics of responsibility.
In the past years, the Ethics and Deontology Department has developed to a recognised actor within the network of military ethics experts and it has joined several partnerships and cooperations (e.g. with USNA, the MEEN-network and the Journal of Military Ethics...).
The “International Society on Military Ethics” (ISME) is the first organisation that works on the daily ethical challenges that members of the armed forces and political stakeholders have to face. ISME brings experts, academicians and representatives of the armed forces together. The society meets once a year at the end of January, either in Washington or San Diego.
In order to better tackle the developments within the European defence community and to promote a European dialogue on best practices, a European branch of ISME – Euro-ISME – has been created.
Starting in June 2011, Euro-ISME will meet once a year, alternatively in France, Germany and the United-Kingdom.
The inaugural assembly of Euro-ISME will take place on June 16-17 at the Ecole Militaire in Paris. It is jointly organised and supported by the Military Academy of St. Cyr-Coetquidan, the King’s College (London), the UK Defence Academy (Shrivenham), the Military Ethics Education Network (University of Hull) and the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation.
Two themes will be presented to the participants: “The ethical consensus as prerequisite for military alliances” and “Ethical education of the armed forces for the 21st century”.
A call for papers has taken place. The selected papers will be presented and discussed during the assembly. Next to this, three goals are being pursued with this opening assembly:
> The establishment in Europe of a regular forum to discuss the normative questions concerning the Military and to a broader extent the Defence and Security and the promotion of interoperability and mutual understanding in the field of ethics.
> The build-up of a lasting European network, that should provide a platform for informed debates and discussions throughout Europe and the world.
> The opening of a cycle of annual meetings of representatives of the armed forces, parliamentarians, academicians, public officials, foundations, NGOs and military instructors from military academies and education institutions from all over the world.
You can download the programme of this event and the point of contact for the registration (within the limit of available places) here