Call for Papers, Special Issue

Climate Security: Geo-Political and Security Consequences of Climate Change

Guest Editors: Dr. Nathan P. Jones () and Dr. John P. Sullivan ()

Manuscript Deadline: August 1, 2020

Submit Online: https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/submit.cgi?context=jss

Submission Guidelines: https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jss/submissionguidelines.html

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Call for Papers

The Journal of Strategic Security hereby makes its formal call for papers for its upcoming special issue climate security. This issue will examine the threat and risks of climate change from a security perspective. Climate security and related risks have global security implications that will influence governance, conflict, and crime in profound ways. Early work on the security facets of climate change focused on the military and national security components of these threats and later works have focused on the humanitarian consequences. Current research interests include the intersection of climate change and terrorism. This special edition will address the convergence of these various aspects of climate security.

The special issue will specifically look at several interrelated issues:

  1. An overview of Climate Change and the Climate Emergency.
  2. Climate Security: The geo-political and security issues related to climate change.
  3. Disaster Risk Reduction, Emergency Operations, Public Health and Climate Change.
  4. The Climate-Conflict Nexus as related to resource wars, insurgency, and terrorism.
  5. Organized Crime and Climate Change (including corruption, resource extraction and conflict generating potentials).

The Geo-Political and Security Impacts of Climate Change:

Several reports from the United States and United Nations (UN) recognize climate change as having real impacts on national and human security at a global scale. No longer is climate change an issue of the distant future as UN panel reports argue. The beginning of significant climate effects will occur by the mid-21st century suggesting that anyone reading this will experience these effects. Climate change has already contributed at least in part to worsening world conflicts such as in Syria and Darfur as Ban Ki Moon argued in 2007. New attribution scholarship has parsed the effects of climate change from normal “weather,” to quantify exactly how much impact can be attributed to climate change versus normal weather events. Droughts and rising sea levels have already led to mass migrations as scholars such as Chris Webersik have predicted.

Further, as scholars such as Nils Gilman have argued, the far right may use the climate change “urgency” to justify their own “avocado politics,” “green on the outside,” “brown(shirt)” on the inside, replete with new security policies like militarizing borders to keep immigrants out. Drought in Central America has exacerbated migratory flow north which has been met in the United States and Mexico with increased militarization of borders and immigration enforcement. Numerous authors and reports have raised the specter of climate change creating resource scarcity, which in turn leads to conflicts. This special edition looks to explore the security issues of climate change.

All contributions will be subject to double blind peer review. The editors will produce an introduction to the special issue, including a brief survey of the literature, introduction of themes, and overview of the articles accepted for publication. In addition to thematic articles, the editors will also solicit a postscript summarizing the contributions in the strategic context of climate security.

Interested scholars are encouraged to submit a 250 word abstract to the special issue editors as soon as possible with a target date of January 15, 2020. While not a requirement for submission of a paper, this will assist the editors in planning the content of the special issue.

Download the Call for Papers here: https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jss/call-for-papers.pdf

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Call for Papers - November 1, 2019
Recommended Abstract Submission to Special Editors - January 15, 2020 @ and
Manuscript Deadline - August 1, 2020
Peer Review and Edits Due - September 1, 2020
Copyediting and Return of Acceptance of Copyedits - October 1, 2020
Anticipated Publication - December 1, 2020 (Third Quarterly issue 2020)

Please follow JSS submission guidelines and strictly adhere to Chicago Manual of Style:

Please submit all articles to the Journal of Strategic Security submission portal at:

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Issue Themes

We hope to receive articles that explore climate security implications of the following broad themes:

  • Resource conflicts, water security, food security
  • Migration, refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and border security
  • Identity-based extremist in domestic and international conflicts
  • Sea level rise, loss of coastal cities
  • Economic collapse, inequality and climate change
  • Public order, civil unrest, and riots
  • Desertification, drought, and famine
  • Climate change as a geo-strategic conflict-driver (Amazon, Arctic, Antarctic, etc.)
  • Climate change and technology (geoengineering, carbon capture, and corporate competition).
  • Climate change and terrorism
  • Climate change, organized crime, and gangs
  • The crime-terror nexus and climate challenges
  • Climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development (wildfires, extreme weather events, heat emergencies)
  • Climate change, environmental degradation and public health (animal, plant, and human biosecurity, emerging diseases, and pandemics)
  • Urban consequences of climate change
  • State change and climate change (emergence of climate refuges/city-states, feral cities, and enclaves, etc.)

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Aims & Scope of the Journal of Strategic Security (JSS)

The Journal of Strategic Security is a peer-reviewed professional journal published quarterly by Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security Press. The Journal encourages diversity in theoretical foundations, research methods, and approaches. Each article should analyze and include implications for policy and practice. Read our full Aims and Scope: https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jss/aimsandscope.html

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Who Should Submit?

We welcome submissions from students, practitioners, scholars, and experts from the intelligence, military, and law enforcement communities, as well as from government, academia, and the private sector.

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Please review our Submission Guidelines before you submit your manuscript

Articles should be approximately 3,000 words. Occasionally, we publish longer pieces depending on the context and advanced notification. Please review the Submission Guidelines, ensuring your manuscript includes endnotes and complies with the formatting requirements: https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jss/submissionguidelines.html

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Where to Submit

All documents should be in Microsoft Word format and submitted though the Journal’s online manuscript management system: https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jss/

If you have a proposal or abstract for a paper, please email the Editor directly at:

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Review Process

All papers deemed suitable and within the Journal’s scope will be sent for peer review. The author may be asked to make changes as requested by the reviewer and editor before the work is published. Only original manuscripts not previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere will be considered. If accepted for publication, manuscripts cannot be published elsewhere without written permission from Henley-Putnam School of Strategic Security Press.

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