Security and Defence Policy and Strategy

International organizations, actors, factors-threats, cooperation, security regimes, alliances and coalitions, interests, risk evaluation and management, international relations, scenario development, crisis management, security complexes, influence strategy, coercion, deterrence, modelling, game theory, defence diplomacy, etc.

Current Chair and contact for working group:

Dr. Thomas PANKRATZ,   

Past Chairs:


Scope: the aim and purpose of the Working Group

(The entries below are placeholders, which should be updated by the Working Group Chair in consultation with participants and contributors to the group.)

While military sciences (plural) encompass all disciplines and fields of learning as they apply to the military profession, the two studies at the heart of military science (singular) are strategy and polemology. Security policy is conceived as a product of states or their interaction in international organizations. Defence policy is a narrower set of policies involving armed forces pursuing security, and strategy is the set of actions aimed at achieving particular aims. Operational design and tactics are subordinate to strategy, in the traditional way of thinking about strategic, operational, and tactical pursuit of objectives (ends, ways, and means).   

This working group encompasses the full range of national and international actions related to contemporary policy and strategy. Research and discussion related to operations and tactics may be more suited to the working group on war studies. 

Keyword descriptors

International relations, security policy, defence policy, international organizations, alliances, coalitions, polymology

Topics addressed in previous conferences

U.S. grand strategies towards Russia; NATO in the Baltic states; Russian perspectives, responses and Challenges; Russian defence industry and impact of arms exports; Evolution of Military Affairs from Business Architecture Viewpoint; governance strategies for cyber strategy; The Role of Resistance to Social Influence in Information Security;  Hybrid Actors; integrating resilience in defense planning against information warfare

Current Working Group Activities

The working group is looking for contributors to prepare an annual digest of new and influential materials, including books, journal articles, and research projects, for the benefit of participants and institutional members.

History of the Working Group

This is one of the original eight working groups of the ISMS established at Amsterdam in 2008.

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