Special Issue - Identity Politics & New Democracy

The Editors of the Journal of Intelligence, Conflict, and Warfare have released the Call for Papers for a forthcoming Special Issue on the theme of “Identity Politics & New Democracy” (Volume 4, Issue 2, November 2021). This special issue will be overseen by Professor Julian Richards, Director of the Buckingham University Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS), and Dr. Bill Kappis, Deputy Director of BUCSIS.

The term ‘identity politics’ is used to describe a wide expanse of concepts, including everything from the emergence of “ethnicity as a contemporary form of politics” to “normative political evaluations of...the relationship between identity and politics” (Bernstein, 2005, p. 47,48). And while the concept originated as a critical approach inside the boundaries of the civil rights movement, identity politics is now increasingly viewed as a challenge to human rights, as extremists and ethnic gangs link themselves with the “politics of identity”. 

It is likely that the issues raised by Identity Politics will be high on the agenda of political leaders and decision-makers on both sides of the political spectrum for decades to come (Bennett & Walker, 2018). It will be critical to analyze the impact of these developments on security issues, information warfare, political extremism, and conflict between states. Moreover, the trend toward the politics of identity is evolving in a highly dynamic media and demographic environment. As we expand our understanding of Identity Politics, we should look critically at the dynamics of social identity in the context of increasing connectivity, with rapidly changing social norms and an emerging social media demographic. It will be important to anticipate if and how Identity Politics will influence, and be influenced by, these demographic forces, especially in new democracies (Braungart, 2013).  

This Special Issue is an opportunity for both scholars and practitioners to advance understanding of these issues. The Editors welcome submissions that investigate:

  • The definition of Identity Politics and its influence in new democracies 
  • The connection between Identity Politics and state legitimacy 
  • The place of Identity Politics in Violent Transnational Social Movements (VTSMs) 
  • The role of disinformation in identity-based movements 
  • The influence of social media in Identity Politics and new democracies

The JICW always welcomes papers and briefings true to its name which focus on:

  • Critical Perspectives on Security 
  • Unconventional warfare, involving non-state actors
  • Information warfare
  • Hybrid warfare
  • Cyber warfare
  • 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 challenge

Articles under 9000 words should be submitted before August 20, 2021 through our on-line editorial system: 

Full information on types of submissions, manuscript format, and guidelines for submission, are found at: 

The JICW Editorial team will select papers that reflect high quality, relevance to contemporary security issues, and well-articulated arguments and counterarguments. 


Bernstein, M. (2005). Identity politics. Annual Review of Sociology, 31(1), 47–74.

Bennett, D., & Walker, H. (2018). Cracking the racial code: Black threat, White rights and the lexicon of American politics. The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 77(3-4), 689–727.

Braungart, R. G. (2013). Political generation. In The Wiley‐Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.