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3rd Euro-ISME Annual Conference 2013


Reconciliation & Reconstruction - "Ethical Issues in Conflict Zones and at Home"
by Manfred Rosenberger

The 3rd Euro-ISME Annual Conference was held in Amsterdam on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2013. During the conference, the Euro-ISME members and their guests set a clear signal for continuity in their endevour of promoting international exchange in the field of military ethics. Additionally, they contributed to the further deepening of cooperation with European civilian and military education and training institutions.

"Yesterday morning, when I was opening this conference and predicting the abundance of our exchanges, I think I was far from the reality.

Everybody agrees now to say that the programme of these two days has brought a high level of reflection and interest. I just have one regret, which is not to be able to be everywhere at once and not to have been able to attend all panels and enjoy the richness of each of them. But I am sure you all feel like me.

Let me thank all of you again for your participation in this 3rd Annual Conference. Whether you came as a lecturer, organiser or in the audience, you have largely contributed to the success of our meeting.

Many thanks also again to the Director of the Netherlands Defense Academy and his deputy, Navy Commodore J. SNOEKS, as well as to the entire team which has enabled us to live most interesting moments in a serene and comfortable environment!"

With these words, the president of Euro-ISME, brigadier general Benoît ROYAL, concluded the 3rd Euro-ISME Annual Conference 2013 which was organised in cooperation with the Netherlands Defence Academy at the Royal Netherlands Navy Event Center in Amsterdam (please read the opening speech and closing remarks in extenso) Thus keeping the impetus given at the inaugural meeting from June 2011 in Paris and revived in last years 2nd Annual Conference at the UK Defence Academy / Joint Services Command and Staff College in Shrivenham, the Euro-ISME members and their guests set a clear signal for continuity in their endevour of promoting international exchange in the field of military ethics. Additionally, they contributed to the further deepening of cooperation with European civilian and military education and training institutions.

In particular, the number of "Institutional Members" has been consolidated which support the company not only ideally, but also financially with a corresponding membership fee.

The meeting also offered the annual statutory frame for "the Ordinary General Assembly". The members unanimously approved the annual reports of the chairman and of the treasurer and they elected with Chief Chaplain Leif Tore Michelsen from the Norwegian Army and Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Srecko Kuzmanovic from the Serbian Army two new delegates to reinforce the Board of Directors for the term 2013-2015 .

The complete Conference Programme can be found here

The abstracts of individual contributions will soon be available.

Registered members can enquire the minutes of the General Assembly on the Forum Site www.euroisme.org.

For more detailed information about Euro-ISME, in particular how to become a member, please also see our Flyer and the Forum Site www.euroisme.org.

Some impressions of the conference in images here http://www.world-military.net/spip.php?article359

Published on: 31 August 2013
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