Security Challenges

Security Challenges is an Indo-Pacific publishing platform and Journal focused on security across its many domains – both policy and geographical. Security Challenges reflects The Institute for Regional Security’s commitment to exploring ideas and actionable policy recommendations to assist Governments in the region to meet challenges to peace and prosperity and to exploit opportunities that will arise in their future security environment.

ISSN 2653-5475 (online)
ISSN 1833-1459 (print)

The Chair of the Editorial Group is Dr Michael Rainsborough, Professor of Strategic Theory at the Australian War College and Deakin University.

Papers may be submitted on any of the themes and issues addressed in The Institute’s paper Securing Peace and Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.

Papers will soon be called for by Domain Editors on security in Southeast Asia; in South Asia; in East Africa; on military lessons from Ukraine; on human rights; on peace-building; and on applied history.

Further information

Information for contributors and submissions can be found here

Information for prospective domain editors can be found here

Publication and administrative information about the journal can be found here

Access to Security Challenges Archives can be found here

Our new Editorial group includes:

  • Professor Sascha Dov Bachmann, University of Canberra
  • Professor Ajay Darshan Behera, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Professor David Lowe, Deakin University, Melbourne
  • Professor Arata Kuno, Asia University, Tokyo
  • Professor Makumi Mwagiru, University of Nairobi
  • Professor Steve Ratuva, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
  • A/Professor Zahid Ahmed, UAE National Defence College, Abu Dhabi
  • A/Professor Ahmed Hashim, Australian War College, Canberra
  • A/Professor Aki Tonami, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo
  • A/Professor Pichamon Yeophantong, Australian War College, Canberra
  • A/Professor Charmaine Willoughby, De La Salle University, Manilla

The Institute is committed to expanding domain coverage and expertise and welcomes submissions to head new domains in the areas of cyber, advanced technologies, economic security, environmental security, space, transnational and organised crime, and extremism & terrorism.

2024 Young Researcher Prizes

Security Challenges welcomes papers from young researchers and policy makers (in academic institutions, think tanks, government, or industry) seeking to bring their ideas and evidence to bear on current policy questions.

Currently there are standing calls for papers on security policy in the South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Africa, and International Law and Security domains.

The Institute for Regional Security may award up to five (5) prizes for outstanding applied research papers by young authors published or accepted for publication in Security Challenges in 2024.

Papers authored by researchers and policy makers aged 35 years or younger at the time of submission and accepted for publication by domain editors will be considered throughout 2024. Outstanding papers will be nominated in October 2024 by editors for recognition and a cash prize of AUD$1,500 will be awarded in up to five (5) cases. Papers may be published multi-lingually as a result. Award winners will be announced in December 2024.

Papers must be submitted in accordance with journal requirements found here.

Prize criteria include: (1) originality of argument, (2) strength of the evidence base, (3) relevance and actionability of recommendations for decision-makers, (4) quality of the writing, and (5) relative merits against other nominations.

(The Institute is a private not-for-profit organisation. Awards are issued at the complete discretion of The Institute. The Institute will not enter discussions regarding its decisions. Decisions on whether to issue Awards, or for individual Awards, are not subject to appeal.)

Human Security

Call for papers forthcoming

coming soon

Economic Security

Call for papers forthcoming

coming soon

Pacific Island States

Call for papers forthcoming

coming soon

Antarctica and Arctic

Call for papers forthcoming

coming soon

Applied History

Call for papers forthcoming

coming soon

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