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[Conference/CFP] NKR/JTMS Joint Conference & KISA 14th Annual Convention "A New World Disorder: Security Risks, Challenges, and Opportunities"

November 24th-26th, 2022

Yonsei Institute of North Korean Studies

Kim Dae Jung Memorial Library

Seoul, South Korea

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Greetings from NKR, JTMS and KISA. This call for paper proposal is for two conferences to be held on consecutive days in the same venue to help planners benefit from collaboration and to help scholars get the most out of their travel allowances by attending two conferences over 3 days.


When vaccines became widely available for COVID-19 much of the world breathed a collective sigh of relief and began to imagine a return the pre-pandemic status quo. Alas, this has turned out to be a far greater challenge than anyone could have predicted. Three major issues seem to dominate at the moment. First, as much as the world wants COVID-19 to be over, the effects on national economies continue via disruption of supply chains, the mosaic of COVID-19 responses, and the failure of the international community to provide equitable access to vaccines and therapeutic treatments. Second, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia shook the foundations of international society and the rules-based order, bringing into question the sovereignty of small states on the borders of revisionist great powers and threatening the food security of numerous states. Third, climate change continues to challenge states with droughts, large scale fires, and unprecedented weather
events, threatening food supplies, causing damage to infrastructure, and even threatening some states’ continued existence.


With these issues in mind, responsible actors in international society have tried to respond, both one their own and in concert. The unified response by democracies in Europe and beyond to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine shows that large scale action is possible. The world’s rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines also shows the power of collaboration. We should not however, be too quick to pat ourselves on the back. Every year record setting temperatures result in faster melting of polar ice and extreme weather events. In summer of 2021 a heat dome struck the Pacific Northwest in the US and British Columbia Canada, resulting in temperatures of 49 degrees Celsius and an estimated 1408 deaths. This brief two-week event portends our future if we do not take more serious and concrete steps to address climate change. KISA's 14th Annual Convention and NKR/JTMS Joint Conference, in collaboration with Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies, Ewha Womans University Institute for International and Area Studies (IIAS), invite papers exploring the dynamics these existing challenges and future challenges will pose to governance in East Asia, as well as the potential for new initiatives from the region to address them or their underlying causes.

Suitable paper topics include, in addition to the conceptualizations listed above:
pandemic vulnerability and response;


NKR/JTMS Joint Conference November 24th & 25th

• Beyond CVID: Recognizing the Untenability of Denuclearization/ North Korea and Nuclear deterrence
• Breaking the Cycle: North Korean Economic Engagement Beyond Antagonism & Appeasement
• The state of environmental degradation in DPRK and its effect on social and economic issues.

• Humanitarian aid, global health diplomacy and North Korea under the COVID 19 crisis
• Re-establishing contact with North Korea after they re-open
• The New Pyongyang - Kim Jong-un’s development of NK's capital
• North Korea’s cyber capabilities and crypto utilization
• Gender roles and issues in modern North Korea
• North Korean media online (YouTube)/New media, Social Network Service and ‘MZ’ generation
• Emergent Disputes: An Outlook on Territorial Conflicts Poised to Escalate in the Next Decade
• Changing power dynamics and strategic stances in the Indo-Pacific post-COVID/Ukraine
• Globally Significant Resources: Sovereignty & the Right to Protect
• Challenges in Combating Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing
• Sea Level Rise and UNCLOS: towards maintaining maritime boundaries
• The latest ICJ order related to the dispute between Equatorial Guinea and the Gabonese Republic
• UNCLOS at 40: an assessment of its achievements
• Future of counter-piracy (based on the expiration of counter-piracy EU operations in May 2022)
• Two independent legal systems UNCLOS and Montreux, and their application in the Black Sea
• The law of naval warfare and the War in Ukraine

KISA 14th Annual Convention November 25th & 26th

• international health co-ordination/pandemic response
• global biosphere/Anthropocene/climate change and natural disasters
• bilateral relations and/or institutional cooperation; mini-lateralism/multilateralism
• aid and development
• distributive justice and economic security
• economic policy, cooperation and antagonisms
• peacebuilding, state building and humanitarian interventions
• cybersecurity (including fake news, propaganda, and influence operations)
• demographics (including migration and refugees)
• counterterrorism
• alliance politics
• middle powers
• strategic studies and great power competition
• global governance

KISA is the academic association devoted to the study of international affairs in Korea through the English medium. North Korean Review is the premier English language journal dealing exclusively with North Korean studies. Sponsored by the Northeast Asian History Foundation, the Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies is an English language journal dealing with the history, politics, security, and law pertaining to maritime and terrestrial territorial disputes. The conference is open to scholars and students of international studies, as well as practitioners in the field. There will be no registration fees for the 14th KISA Convention or the NKR/JTMS Joint Conference. Selected submissions may be considered for publication the Asian International Studies Review, North Korean Review, and the Journal of Territorial and Maritimes studies. AISR is endorsed by by KISA and published by Brill in association with the IlAS. All three journals are indexed in Scopus.

Submissions should include an abstract (150 words), a short bio (120 words) and should be emailed to by October 1, 2022. Accepted participants (notified by October 8) will be required to submit their full draft papers/presentations by November 10

Enhancing Maritime Security throughout the Western Hemisphere, November


08-09 November 2022

Doral, Florida, USA

The Warships & OPV Latin America Conference is dedicated to fleet renewal throughout Latin America with sessions dedicated to ship design priorities, emerging requirements to strengthen fleet versatility to confront the full spectrum of maritime operations. Given the commonality of maritime hemispheric challenges, the conference examines cost-effective ways to manage the renewal and acquisition of naval platforms with updated technologies, advance multi-mission modularity, and enhance indigenous shipbuilding capability

CABSEC - The Caribbean Basin Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance conference - is dedicated to confronting regional security threats through the development of robust maritime security. This involves maritime patrol aircraft, special mission systems, air assets, and technology for information sharing. The forum operates at the strategic level and draws in Chiefs of Defence, service Chiefs as well as ministers and other senior leaders involved in enhancing regional security cooperation.

Combined these two forums deliver a long-overdue opportunity to meet with senior leaders involved in maritime security from Latin America, the Caribbean, and throughout the Western Hemisphere. The 2022 forum is hosted in Miami in the shadow of U.S. Southern Command, and well-connected via air links throughout the region.

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Maritime Security Challenges 2022: Pacific Seapower: Strategic Competition in the Indo-Asia-Pacific

14-16 November 2022

Victoria, BC, Canada


MSC22 is presented by the Navy League of Canada in cooperation with the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and the Royal Canadian Navy. Building on a successful series of online sessions, MSC22 will delve further into the maritime security topics of our day, including: Challenges to the Strategic Commons – how are system-level challenges such as the erosion of rules and norms and climate change affecting the maritime domain? Great Power Competition and the Spaces Between – how is maritime competition between the US, China, and Russia playing out, and how do middle powers such as Canada and Australia navigate these turbulent times? Innovation to Meet Maritime Challenges – how can innovations to old systems and implementation of new systems help maritime forces adapt to evolving challenges? Plus, special presentations on the state of competition in the South China Sea, an assessment of the state of commercial shipping, a look at the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship, and much more!

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Intensive Course - Law of the Sea


01-02 December 2022

London, United Kingdom, Hybrid

This course offers an informative overview of the international law of the sea and current challenges facing the world's oceans and seas. How do States establish their maritime boundaries? What are the States' rights and obligations with regard to the various zones of maritime jurisdiction? What are the rules and procedures for the peaceful settlement of international maritime disputes? What are the obligations of States towards migrants rescued at sea? And what is the interplay between marine natural resources exploitation and environmental protection in areas within and beyond national jurisdiction?

Bringing together a distinguished cohort of law of the sea experts from academia and practice, the course provides participants with a solid working knowledge of the relevant legal and regulatory framework for the governance of the world's oceans, the main sources of the law of the sea, including treaties, customary law and judicial practice and how these elements are put to the test in different contexts, from protecting the marine environment and managing vulnerable species, to regulating deep-sea activities and, crucially, to peacefully resolving disputes between States.

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Maritime Boundary Delimitation: The Interplay between Geography and International Law

06-08 December 2022

Queenstown, Singapore

Following the success of its Workshop on Maritime Boundaries in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, the Centre for International Law (CIL) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) of the University of Wollongong are organising the 2022 CIL-ANCORS Workshop on Maritime Boundary Delimitation: The Interplay between Geography and International Law. The 2022 Workshop will be held from 6 December (Tuesday) to 8 December 2022 (Thursday) at the premises of the Faculty of Law at the Bukit Timah Campus of the National University of Singapore. (For the most up-to-date information of COVID-19 Safe Management Measures, please click here for campus advisory and here for Travel requirements to Singapore.)

After two years of virtual workshops due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 Workshop will mark the return of the physical format. The 2022 Workshop will be organised in conjunction with the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum (EAMF) and enjoys the support of the governments of the United States of America and Singapore. A certain number of places will be reserved for participants from EAMF countries, and sponsorships are available from the United States Department of State and the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a limited number of government officials from some EAMF countries.

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International Boundary Conference

12-13 December 2022

London, United Kingdom

We are delighted to announce that the London International Boundary Conference will return for its 5th convention on 12th & 13th December 2022.  Inaugurated in April 2013, it is a major international forum dedicated to furthering multidisciplinary approaches to complex territorial and boundary disputes.  The conference strives to bring together specialists from international law, the social sciences, history, as well as technical experts – not usually an assemblage you’ll find at the same venue - to shed light on the debates of the day, emergent challenges and regional hotspots.

Territorial and international boundary disputes remain more acute than ever in the autumn of 2022 – in many ways, the sophistication of contemporary academic approaches makes for a sharp contrast with continuingly (maybe increasingly) crude state actions on land and sea.  For our 5th conference we have elected to dwell on the following themes;

  • Spheres of Influence, Boundaries and Territory

  • Pandemics, Boundaries and the Law

  • Ukraine: Geopolitics and More

  • International Boundaries and Territorial Disputes: Latest Developments in the Global South

  • The jigsaw puzzle of Territories and Boundaries

The upcoming event will take a hybrid format, with the first day of events taking place in-person at King’s College Stamford Street Lecture Theatre, located south of the river in the Waterloo Campus (127 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NQ).  Delegates will have the opportunity to explore topical issues and share perspectives on how to address them.

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International Conference on Port and Maritime Security


16-17 January 2023

Nicosia, Cyprus

The International Research Conference Aims and Objectives: The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations. With its high quality, it provides an exceptional value for students, academics and industry researchers.


International Conference on Port and Maritime Security aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Port and Maritime Security. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Port and Maritime Security.

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