Call for papers: Special 'Security Challenges' issue on Geoeconomics

5 June 2020

About the journal

Security Challenges is Australia’s only peer-reviewed journal focused on security across its many policy domains. The journal reaches a wide audience of government, corporate and academic experts and our members. It is a vehicle for innovative thinking about future challenges to the security (broadly defined) of Australia and the region.

This Special Issue will focus on the current debates on geoeconomics and economic statecraft, which necessitates new ways of conceptualising global challenges. New thinking about how to manage security risks while at the same time leveraging opportunities is required to develop and implement responses to these challenges.

Managing Editors: Dr Greg Raymond and Dr Elizabeth Buchanan:
Guest Editor: Ms Yun Jiang, Australian National University

Topics of interest of this Special Issue include, but are not limited to the following aspects of Geoeconomics:

• the case for and against a complete or partial decoupling and a world split between two major blocks
• the use and effectiveness of geoeconomic tools, including sanctions, targeted sanctions, tariffs, foreign aid, and infrastructure investment
• economic leverage and coercion, including in specific sectors
• national security and the private sector, including commercial espionage, intellectual property protection, and technology transfer
• trade and/or investment with a geopolitical adversary
• defining ‘strategic industry’ and securing supply chains
• the control of international institutions such as the WTO
• the future of the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency
• research collaboration and movement of scientists
• middle power geoeconomic strategies

Submission Guideline
Authors are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract of no more than 100 words via email to by 22 June 2020. Security Challenges welcomes submissions from any source. Early career scholars and new strategic thinkers are particularly encouraged to submit. Authors working in eligible Australian academic institutions can claim HERDC funding from DEST (“DEST points”) for articles in Security Challenges.

The recommended length for comments is 2000-4000 words. Comments must accord to academic standards, but can draw more heavily on personal experience and generally relate to issues of current practical interest. The recommended length for articles is 5000-7000 words. The word count does not include footnotes, which should be placed at the bottom of each page. All articles considered for publication are required to undergo peer-review by independent referees, whereby the anonymity of the author of the article is preserved.

Important dates
22 June 2020: Abstract submission
31 August 2020: Full paper submission
26 October 2020: Final decision notification
December 2020: Publication of Special Issue

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