Round Table at the Military University of the Russian Federation's Defense Ministry

Author: S.A. Tyushkevich

Maj Gen S.A.TYUSHKEVICH (Ret.), Doctor of Philosophical Sciences

A round table devoted to "Evolution of Wars and Their Concepts in the Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries" was held at the Military University of the Russian Federation's Defense Ministry on March 18, 2009. The round table had been initiated by the Military Philosophy Society, the Megapir Association, Science 21 Foundation for the Promotion of Science Research into Security Problems, and the University's Political Science Chair, which were all involved in running it as well.

The subject was discussed by Col. S.S. Antyushin (Res.), doctor of philosophical sciences, professor; Col. V.K. Belozyorov, candidate of political sciences; Col. O.A. Bel'kov (Ret.), doctor of philosophical sciences, professor; K.P. Burtny, candidate of political sciences, associate professor; Maj. Gen. I.S. Danilenko (Ret.), doctor of philosophical sciences, professor; Col. V.V. Zelyony; Col. B.I. Kaverin (Ret.), doctor of philosophical sciences, professor; Col. V.V. Kaftan, candidate of philosophical sciences; Col. A.V. Konchugov, candidate of political sciences, associate professor; Maj. Gen. V.V. Kruglov, doctor of military sciences, professor; Col. M.M. Kurochko, candidate of philosophical sciences, associate professor; G.V. Lutkene; Col. S.A. Mel'kov, doctor of political sciences; Col N.V. Mikhalkin (Ret.), doctor of philosophical sciences, professor; Col. A.A. Pershin (Ret.), doctor of philosophical sciences, professor; Lieut. Gen. V.V. Serebryannikov (Ret.), doctor of philosophical sciences, professor; Lieut. Gen. R.M. Timoshev (Res.), doctor of philosophical sciences, professor; and Maj. Gen. S.A. Tyushkevich (Ret.), doctor of philosophical sciences, professor.

The participants' reports, addresses, and comments gave a thorough treatment of issues such as classical concepts of wars and their modern interpretations; specific aspects of wars in the early 21st century; the invariable essence of war and historical diversity of its forms; war and politics in the post-bipolar world; typology of wars in the modern age; possibilities and ways of preventing wars; and Russia's military security, and the military wherewithal and methods to maintain it.

The discussion revealed alternative ...

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