The Journal of Intelligence, Conflict, and Warfare is pleased to announce its 2019 call for papers for Volume 2, Issue 2, for the publication entitled “Violent Transnational Social Movements and Crime.”

The inspiration behind the topic of violent transnational social movements (VTSM) is based on the increasingly high number of groups using hybrid warfare to further their goals, whether that be political or economic. Edelmen (2001) further complexes this issue by commenting on how social movements create internal contention. This contention can be built upon our Volume 1, Issue 2 which had an interstate focus, furthermore, this issue narrows in on groups that operate on a transnational scale. Responses from states have arguably been seen as ineffective or lacking altogether. Due to the movement not being in one geographic spot, solving this issue cannot be an individual effort. Therefore, it can be argued that in order for states to respond it must be collaborative, based on individual political will and national social polity (Kelshall, 2015).

One of the limitations to the concept of VTSM is how are they to be defined. Scholars such as Kelshall (2015) and Allen (2006) have commented on the difficulties of definitions as it will structure the approach to handling VTSMs. However, due to VTSMs having no geographic boundary, they can arguably operate indefinitely.

With a limited understanding of how these groups work, the journal is seeking to expand in the field of knowledge through this publication. Groups such as ISIL or actors like Boko Haram have been identified as VTSMs and yet, have not been dealt with in a clear-cut matter. Moreover, Adamson (2005) comments on how “globalization is transforming the international security environment by stimulating shifts in the resources, infrastructure and capacities available to non-state political entrepreneurs to engage in political mobilization transnationally and globally (32). In this sense, we ask possible contributors to consider or explore questions of: Could VTSM be considered a case of fifth-generation warfare? How have VTSMs changed the way hybrid warfare is addressed? What are the pragmatic solutions offered to counter such movements?

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

  • The conception of social movements.
  • The conditions in which these transnational social movements operate, more importantly, what distinguishes them as cases of 5G warfare.
  • Actors who operate/d violent transnational social movements.
  • The definitions between social movements, transnational social movements, and violent transnational social movements.
  • How theory can better conceptualize the operations of violent transnational movements.
  • Exploration of which groups have successfully operated violent transnational social movements.
  • New solutions on to mitigate these increasingly large movements.


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.
  • Cyber warfare.
  • Asymmetric, compound, and irregular warfare.
  • Transnational crime.
  • Fifth generation warfare.
  • Net-centric warfare.
  • Identity and social conflict.
  • 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 August 31st, 2019.


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