European Security & Intelligence Notes (ESIN)
In the complex and unpredictable environment of contemporary geopolitics, the dimensions of security and intelligence have acquired critical importance in the sustainment of stability in Europe. The brief tranquillity of the post-Cold War unipolar order, which encouraged the growth of cooperation and unity, would soon be challenged by multiple, conventional and novel, threats. Pivotal events in the European periphery – encouraged by catalysts such as religious fundamentalism, overpopulation and poverty, climate change, foreign intervention and other challenges – would disrupt European security. The revival of Russian geostrategic ambitions, the spread of terrorism, the waves of irregular migration from the Middle East and North Africa, the undermining of liberal democracy by foreign powers through disruptive methods, including hybrid and cyber tactics, are only some of the contemporary threats that challenge, today, European security and stability.
In the context of inter-disciplinary, policy-oriented, research over these pressing issues related to European security and intelligence, the University of Buckingham Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS) introduces the bimonthly electronic series European Security and Intelligence Notes (ESIN). The series aims at encouraging critical analysis of contemporary European security and intelligence affairs and at contributing to the wider dialogue, among scholars, government officials, experts and other professionals with a view towards advancing cutting edge policy recommendations to the most pressing European security and intelligence challenges. It envisages the publication of original, unpublished, papers, by established scholars as well as emerging researchers, on a variety of contemporary questions, such as collective security, hybrid threats, terrorism, cybersecurity, intelligence studies, unconventional warfare, human security, public surveillance, and other themes pertaining to European security and intelligence.
Each bimonthly issue – published in January, March, May, July, September and November –will be dedicated to the analytical paper of a single author. Papers may be published by personal invitation or by submission of a proposal, by interested contributors, consisting of the title, an abstract of 200-300 words and a brief biography of up to 300 words. Submissions must be consistent with the ESIN Submission Guidelines and should not exceed 4,000 words (excluding footnotes).