Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2022
Editors: Kristian Søby Kristensen, Anders McDonald Sookermany, Alastair Finlan, Peter Tillberg, Annemarie Peen Rodt Poucher, Thomas Crosbie & Jens Bjering
The fighting in Ukraine is provoking very profound questions about existing understandings of modern warfare and the relevance of mainstream military operations, concepts, doctrines and theories concerning the application of force. The use of innovative technologies in the form of armed drones, advanced anti-tank weapons, man-portable surface to air missiles and modern body armour have characterized the warfare in Ukraine. It has allowed numerically inferior defensive forces to exude extraordinary resilience and combat power in the face of an offensive campaign by a more powerful military foe. Is a new horizon of warfare unfolding in Ukraine?
In this special issue, we welcome discussion papers of around 4,000 words related to the practice of warfare in Ukraine and the significance of what is emerging in the fighting. Specifically, we want the discussion papers to address the question of ‘what is new in the warfare in Ukraine?’ in relation to any aspect of the fighting in the air, on land, at sea, in space or cyberspace and within civil society.
Due to the editorial team’s desire to publish the issue as quickly as possible, the discussion papers will be submitted to an internal round of reviews and published as they come in.
We kindly ask that you write in the submission notes that the submission is for this special issue.
Submissions received later than May 15, 2022, will not be taken into consideration.
Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 January 2022
Submission of first drafts: 1 October 2022
Submission of final drafts: 10 January 2023
Expected publication: Spring 2023
Guest editors: Jeppe Strandsbjerg, Centre for Arctic Security Studies, Royal Danish Defence College
The papers in this collection ask: Do Arctic actors perceive conditions and challenges as changing, justifying larger claims to rapid security transformations? Or do involved actors rather experience continuity in everyday military strategic planning and policy making etc.? This collection seeks to investigate strategic transformation from the perspective of Arctic states. The aim of this special issue is twofold: first, it seeks to investigate current strategic thinking with the aim of assessing claims to change: Are we witnessing smaller adjustments to existing practice, or should we expect essentially new operating strategies; second, it seeks to clarify the effect of an overall changing security environment on local strategic environments.
For people working – academically, politically or practically – with Arctic security issues, it has become a common belief, and reference point for discussions, that the Arctic security environment is rapidly changing. The academic literature shows that while the discussions concerning Arctic security in the late 2010s sprang from the observation that climate change would strengthen accessibility and thus increase activity in the region, the assessments of the 2020s start from the observation that increased great power rivalry (to some extent driven by improved accessibility) and escalating military build-up across the region are posing new strategic challenges for the Arctic states. These changing assessments demonstrate the importance of challenging and reassessing existing assumptions and analyses that are commonly taken for granted. There is therefore reason to investigate the extent to which strategic thinking is indeed changing as well as the character and geographical variation of these (alleged) changes.
The aim of this call is to nuance the debate on Arctic security by informing decisions concerning strategic planning in the region. We therefore invite papers that investigate particular areas of strategic practice in selected Arctic environments. This can be single case studies or comparative studies with a theoretical or empirical focus. We invite academic papers as well as more practice-oriented articles. A common approach for all contributions, though, should be a strong emphasis on the change/continuity discussion addressing the joint research question: “Are things really changing THAT much in the Arctic?”
Topics of particular relevance in analysing continuity and change are:
If you would like to contribute or have any questions, please email Jeppe Strandsbjerg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contributions should be between 6,000 and 7,000 words. Journal stylesheet available on https://sjms.nu.
Deadline: 1 March 2022
Guest editors: Anne Roelsgaard Obling, Katrine Nørgaard and Anders Klitmøller
In recent years, military command has been under increasing public and academic scrutiny. Some commentators even speak of a “crisis of command” (Brooks et al. 2021). Albeit command has attracted interest from several scholars, there has as noted by Lawrence Freedman – been “…remarkably few […] systematic investigation[s] of the practice of command.” (Freedman, 2020, p. 106). In this special issue, we wish to address this omission and invite potential authors to participate in an interdisciplinary discussion on the challenges and transformations of command in the twenty-first century.
Several scholars have identified command as the most important function in the armed forces (Creveld, 1985, see also Keegan, 1987; Cohen, 2002). Recently, Anthony King (2019) has revived an interest in command through his important work on the transformations of command from an individualistic activity in the twentieth-century military organization to a collective enterprise in the twenty-first century military organization. Thus, he argues for a fundamental historical shift in the practice of command. Lawrence Freedman (2020) has argued for what he sees as a less radical transformation. Nevertheless, both authors’ work point to a common concern with military command in the context of an increasingly integrated, networked and accelerated battlefield, including complex geo-political conflicts, multi-nationalization, informationalization and politization of missions, professionalized and hyper-specialized headquarters and a vast array of new intelligent technologies augmenting human decision making in all domains of operation.
In this special issue of Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies, we wish to explore how command is conceptualized, organized and practiced in the midst of these rapid transformations, allowing for an interdisciplinary exploration of the different and often competing interests and agendas that co-shape the conduct of contemporary warfare.
We seek rigorous conceptual and empirical contributions that advance our understanding of military command and help us understand better when, why, and how command is organized and approached and with what consequences. We welcome approaches from different levels of analysis as well as from different disciplines. We also encourage submissions of various methods, including case studies, field studies, theory building, ethnographies, qualitative comparative analyses and archival research.
We welcome abstracts on a series of topics related to, but not restricted by, the following concerns:
Submitting your paper
Please submit your manuscript through the journal’s online submission system at www.sjms.nu. You will need to create a user account if you do not already have one. Please mention that your submission should be a part of this Special Issue in the cover letter field. The Special Issue Editors handle all manuscripts in accordance with the journal’s policies and procedures; they expect authors to follow the journal’s submission guidelines found on the homepage. Deadline for submissions to this Special Issue is March 1, 2022. All enquiries regarding the special issue should go to Anne Roelsgaard Obling email@example.com.
For administrative support and general queries, you may contact Jens Bjering, journal manager of SJMS, at firstname.lastname@example.org.