Founded in 1960, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS) is a forum for the interchange and assessment of research and scholarship in the social and behavioral sciences dealing with the military establishment and civil-military relations. The IUS today constitutes an "invisible college" for over 800 Fellows representing over 50 countries. The fellows who make up the IUS include academics, military officers, students, and researchers in a variety of instutitional settings, public and private. They represent various disciplines, including political science, sociology, history, psychology, economics, international relations, social work, anthropology, law, and psychiatry.
The core premise of the IUS is that analyses of military institutions require intellectual collaboration across university, organizational, disciplinary, and national lines. Seminar Fellows provide new perspectives on the study of military professionalism, civil-military relations, social composition of the armed forces, organizational change within armed forces, public policy on defense issues, peacekeeping, arms control, and conflict resolution. The Fellows of the Seminar differ widely in their strategic and political outlooks, but they all hold the common view that objective research on military institutions is a most worthy goal for which we should continually strive. They believe that such research, conducted along scholarly lines, makes an invaluable contribution to citizen understanding of armed forces.
2007 Biennial Meeting
Dates: October 26-28, 2007
Location: Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, Illinois