Ethics Symposium


2018 Ethics Symposium

The 2018 Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium will be conducted April 30-May 1, 2018. (See schedule below)

This year’s theme is:

The Impact of Diverse Worldviews on Military Conflict

War is a clash of wills involving human beings with strategic human objectives. The United States has been preparing for or fully engaged in war or military conflict throughout our history. Because war is a very real part of our history, it is vital to comprehend the human dimension of warfare, the purposes and motivations for engaging in military conflict and the moral boundaries of each conflict. We live in an era of fast-moving change characterized by complex threats, force structure challenges and unpredictable resources. Recent history has seen the rise of military operations by non-state actors as well as the increase of tension between peer or near peer military powers. Foundational to all these, are the worldview shaping beliefs and values that can either exacerbate tensions or provide common ground for resolution. This year’s Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium will address the ethical aspects of diverse worldviews and their impact on the operational environment upon which our future military leaders are about to enter.

Our Program: CGSC issued a call for unpublished papers for the symposium in fall 2017 and selection of papers being presented at the symposium was conducted in January. (Download the detailed Call for Papers.) Authors of the selected papers are facilitating lively discussions about their work in breakout sessions during the symposium. Additionally, the Command and General Staff College and the CGSC Foundation, Inc. will published selected papers from this symposium later in the year. As a reminder to all, this is an unclassified symposium.

Registration: Please review the Symposium Schedule, the list of available Symposium Panels and the list of available Symposium Breakout Sessions before beginning the registration process.

For additional information, contact the symposium coordinator:
Chaplain (Major) Jeff McKinney


The Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium is an annual symposium co-sponsored and hosted by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc. Advertisements, promotions, statements, and logos are those of CGSC, the CGSC Foundation, or other organizations participating in this event. The United States Army neither states nor implies any endorsement, association, or recommendation with regard to the CGSC Foundation.


Downloads and other resources

2018 Ethics Symposium Schedule (as of 11APR18)  –  Please note that all events are for registered attendees only. Unfortunately we can not accommodate spouses/guests during the symposium.

2018 Ethics Symposium Program Overview – Includes panel and breakout session summaries, guest speaker and panel member biographies and other details.

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