International Symposium of Military Academies (ISOMA)


ISOMA, formerly known as ISoDoMA (International Symposium on the Development of Military Academies), is a biennial gathering of military academy delegates from around the world. ISOMA is a collaborative platform that discusses different approaches for equipping cadets and junior officers with academic prowess, cultural competencies, strength of character, innovative capabilities, and principled leadership necessary to effectively face the world’s growing complexity and uncertainty. In 2006, the Korean Military Academy (KMA) drew up the blueprint of ISOMA, which subsequently has been held on a biennial basis since 2007. From 2017 onwards, ISOMA’s meetings and activities have been organized under the auspices of the International Association of Military Academies (IAMA). The key topics covered in prior meetings are those related to adjusting the ecosystem of future officers’ education and training to the changes brought on by the rapid environmental and technological developments.

Preceding Symposia:
  • 2007 – The 1st symposium (SOUTH KOREA – Korea Military Academy (KMA)).
    Theme: The changing environment of future educational innovation for military academies.
  • 2009 – The 2nd symposium (FRANCE – Ecole Speciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr (ESM Saint-Cyr)).
    Theme: Irregular warfare training for officers.
  • 2011 – The 3rd symposium (COLUMBIA – Escuela Militar of Cadets General Jose Maria Cordova (ESMIC)).
    Theme: Challenges for military academies in the training of 21st century officers.
  • 2013 – The 13th Hwarangdae International Symposium (SOUTH KOREA – Korean Military Academy (KMA)).
    Theme: Leadership for military officers, theories, applications and new perspectives.
  • 2015 – The 4th symposium (SPAIN – Academia General Militar (AGM)).
    Theme: Comprehensive Education for officers to face New Security Challenges.
  • 2017 – The 5th symposium (CANADA – Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC)).
    Theme: The development of general culture and critical thinking in the training of officers and military personnel.
  • 2019 – The 6th symposium (SWEDEN – Military Academy Karlberg (MAK)).
    Theme: Managing adaptation in military and education training.
  • 2021 – The 7th symposium (USA – Norwich University (NU)).
    Theme: Preparing military leaders to effectively resolve 21st century security challenges.