The symposium and workshop "Continuous Advances in QCD / Arkadyfest" was the fifth in the series of meetings organized by the William I Fine Theoretical Physics Institute at the University of Minnesota. This meeting brought together leading researchers in high-energy physics to exchange the latest ideas in QCD and gauge theories at strong coupling at large. It honored the 60th birthday of Professor Arkady Vainshtein, and the papers included in this proceedings volume also look back on the history of the subjects in which Arkady played such a central role: applications of PCAC, penguins, invisible axions, QCD sum rules, exact beta functions, condensates in supersymmetry, powerful heavy quark expansions, and new anomalies in 2D SUSY theories. The current status of these subjects was summarized in several excellent presentations that also outlined a historical perspective. A number of papers from leading researchers in the field present new developments and ideas in modern areas of study, such as the cosmological constant problem in extra-dimension theories, supersymmetric monopoles, solitons and confinement, AdS/CFT correspondence, and high density QCD.
Perturbative and nonperturbative QCD: electromagnetic form factor of the pion, H. Leutwyler; multiple uses of the QCD instantons, E.V. Shuryak; CP violation and mixing in charmed mesons, A.A. Petrov. General aspects of QCD and the standard model: probing new physics - from charm to superstring, M.K. Gaillard; dynamics of QCD in a strong magnetic field, V.A. Miransky; on mixed phases in gauge theories, V.L. Chernyak. Gauge dynamics at high temperature and density: what QCD tells us about nature, F. Wilczek; domain walls and strings in dense quark matter, A.R. Zhitnitsky. Topological field configuration, dynamics in supersymmetric models, and theoretical issues: non-Abelian monopoles, vortices and confinement, K. Konishi; nonperturbative solution of supersymmetric gauge theories, J.R. Hiller; testing AdS/CFT correspondence with Wilson loops, K. Zarembo. Cosmology and axions: axions - past, present, and future, M. Srednicki; QCD vacuum and axions - what's happening? G. Gabadadze and M. Shifman. Arkadyfest: Arkady in Siberia, E. Shuryak; of a superior breed, V. Zelevinski; reminiscences in pastels, M. Shifman. (Part contents)