Joint Policy Workshop

Military Alliances and Challenges
to the Use of Military Force

9th November 2022
VUB - Brussels School of Governance

The European Initiative for Security Studies (EISS), the NATO Defence College (NDC), and the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Brussels School of Governance (CSDS) have partnered to organise a Joint Policy Workshop (JPW). The 2022 edition will focus on the topic of “Military Alliances and Challenges to the Use of Military Force”, and will be held on 9th November 2022, at CSDS in Brussels.

The Joint Policy Workshop will bring together academic experts and policymakers to create synergies and foster a dialogue on critical issues in transatlantic security, with a focus on challenges posed to military alliances and the use of military force in the 21st Century. This diverse group of participants from the unique networks offered by EISS, NDC, and CSDS aims to identify new and emerging critical policy areas facing military alliances such as NATO, today and in the future.

The use of force in the framework of military alliances in the 21st Century faces a range of challenges – some old, some new – with regards to their strategies, doctrines, interoperability, military adaptation and innovation as well as domestic political challenges. Furthermore, as military alliances venture into new security challenges such as climate change and approaches toward China, these policy areas require a close examination not least in the context of the use of military force.

The workshop is organised in two panels:

  1. An Academic Perspective. Selected scholars (4–6) present their papers which will be discussed by EU/NATO policymakers; and subsequently with the audience.
  2. Policymakers’ Perspective. Four policymakers will provide a ten-minute pitch each, and their presentations will then be discussed with the other participants.

Themes & Topics

We invite scholars to send paper proposals related to the topic or the workshop. Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics: 

  • Military alliances and the evolution of doctrines
  • Strategic cultures and national decisions to use force in a multinational context
  • Lessons learnt from operations - implications for military alliances
  • Challenges of interoperability in coalition warfare
  • Emerging and disruptive technologies and multinational cooperation
  • The impact of domestic factors (parliaments, parties, coalition governments, public opinion) on military alliances
  • Russia, China, NATO, and/or other military alliances

Submitting your proposal

Please submit your proposal in the form of 300-word abstracts and a short bio by 10th September 2022 together with an estimate of travel cost and stay in Brussels. Please mention “JPW 2022 - proposal [YOUR NAME]” in the “subject” headline.

The accommodation in Brussels will be covered by the organisers and the travel will be reimbursed. We will inform all applicants whether their papers have been accepted on 25th September 2022.

JPW 2022 will take place at the Brussels School of Governance



















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