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An update from the European Journal of International Security

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There's lots going on this month for our journal European Journal of International Security (EJIS). Read on to find out about the latest FirstView articles, a new issue, a call for papers and the ISA conference.

New articles and issue

In February 2023, the EJIS editorial team is pleased to announce the latest EJIS issue, Volume 8 Issue 1. All articles in this issue are available in Open Access. In this issue, Mutallimzada and Steiner investigate ‘Fighters’ motivations for joining extremist groups in the case of the Right Sector’s Volunteer Ukrainian Corps. Meanwhile, Stenger explores the variation in state responses to repatriation policies for foreign fighters in ‘Victim versus villain: Repatriation policies for foreign fighters and the construction of gendered and racialised ‘threat narratives’’. In his article, Beall-Baker argues the importance of language in the context of ‘foreign terrorist fighters’ and the perceived threat they might pose. Further, Kumar shows how prudence can improve the quality of deliberative processes and policy choices whilst Egloff and Shires explore offensive cyber capabilities, asking ‘are OCCs really the better angels of our digital nature?’. Colli and Reykers explore how NGOs can push the military towards transparency around the use of force. Finally, Wilhemsen proposes a social explanation of Russian foreign policy, showing how the Russian idea of Georgia as a ‘Western proxy’ has been entrenched.

Call for papers

EJIS and the Centre for Global Security Challenges (University of Leeds) are pleased to share a call for papers for the upcoming EJIS-CGSC conference on 18-19 May 2023. Submit your abstracts on the theme of security in a time of polycrisis by 28 February 2023.


The EJIS editorial team is delighted to be attending the ISA conference in Montréal, in March 2023. Edward Newman, Jacqui True and Jason Ralph will be contributing to panels during the conference, and there will also be an opportunity to learn more about publishing with EJIS at the ‘Meet the Editors’ roundtable. Click here for more information. 

Pre-submission feedback

EJIS welcomes high quality research from around the world, across all areas of international security. For those based or trained in global regions underrepresented in the fields of International Relations and security, don’t miss the opportunity to gain pre-submission feedback on your research. Contact F.Petrizzo@leeds.ac.uk to learn more.

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