Volume 2, Issue 3 is now released! 

The Journal of Intelligence, Conflict, and Warfare is pleased to announce its 2020 call for papers for Volume 3, Issue 1, for the publication entitled “Non-Kinetic Threats, Disinformation, and the Cyber Social Contract: Fracturing Democracy?” 

The inspiration behind the topic originates from the observation that contemporary warfare is no longer using tanks and people. Rather, attacks are now seen through massive propaganda agendas spreading mass amounts of misinformation. The Canadian Center for Identity Based Conflict (CCIBC) states that fake news “utilizes confirmation bias (the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one's existing beliefs or theories) through disseminating meticulously crafted messages to targeted audiences, who are selected based on their online activities” (2019, p. 1). 

Furthermore, an area of contemporary warfare is cyberspace and cyberattacks. For this edition of the journal we decided to highlight the noticeable absence of a cyber social contract, which enables what some refer to as the ‘Cyberspace Wild West’. Due to the lawlessness of the cyber realm, criminal actors and networks showcase their power through various cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns, and recruitment or radicalization tactics. The CCIBC (2019) mentions that there is little known about legislation in Canada and internationally surrounding warfare within the cyber realm. 


Since the subjects of focus in this journal are not always legislated comprehensively, the journal is asking for submissions regarding where laws succeed and fail in addressing non-kinetic threats, disinformation and cyberspace. Additionally, the journal is asking for any submissions that address the intertwining of the highlighted subjects and the threats that this may pose. 


The JICW editors place primacy on papers or briefings seeking to investigate:


  • The definitions of disinformation, cyberwarfare, and the cyber social contract.
  • Exploration of actors or networks that operate/d disinformation/cyber warfare tactics.
  • How theory can better conceptualize the operations of cyberspace and the possibility of a cyber social contract.
  • New solutions on to mitigate these increasingly large attacks.

The JICW will still be accepting papers and briefings true to its name which focus on:

  • Unconventional warfare, involving non-state actors.
  • Information warfare.
  • Hybrid warfare.
  • Cyberwarfare.
  • Asymmetric, compound, and irregular warfare.
  • Transnational crime.
  • Fifth-generation warfare.
  • Net-centric warfare.
  • Extremism.
  • Identity and social conflict.
  • Insurgencies.
  • State v. State conflicts.
  • Intelligence analysis, failures, or modern challenges.


Please submit drafts of 9000 words maximum, further submission guidelines may be found at


Submissions are due by March 15, 2020. 


Our editorial team will select papers that reflect high quality, relevance to contemporary security issues, and well-articulated arguments and counter-arguments.