Journal of Defence Studies: Call for Papers
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    Journal of Defence Studies


    Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 15 January 2023

    Deadline for manuscript submission: 31 March 2023

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    India and the African countries share a close, historical and multifaceted relationship. The India–Africa defence and security partnership has evolved in recent years. It is embedded in shared values, principles of equality and commitment to peace, security, stability and prosperity. The foundation of India–Africa defence relations is based on the two guiding principles namely ‘SAGAR’, ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’ and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, ‘The World is One Family’. India’s approach towards Africa is guided by the Kampala Principles enunciated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in 2018.

    Over the decades, defence ties have intensified as India and Africa face a plethora of common security challenges like piracy, drug trafficking, illegal fishing, terrorism, insurgency, violent extremism and conflicts. India’s defence engagements with the African countries rest on African priorities and include providing training, military equipment; counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism training, technical assistance in the maritime sphere; joint exercises and friendly port visits; and collaborative efforts to build inclusive dialogue platforms.

    Some significant developments in the recent past include the first-ever India–Africa Defence Ministers’ Conclave (IADMC) held in conjunction with DefExpo in February 2020, which led to the adoption of the ‘Lucknow Declaration’. Subsequently, the India–Africa Defence Dialogue (IADD) during DefExpos has been institutionalised, to be held once every two years. The second IADD was held in October 2022, following which the ‘Gandhinagar Declaration’ has been adopted.

    Considering these developments and the growing potential for a mutually beneficial defence partnership between India and Africa, the Journal of Defence Studies, a peer-reviewed journal of MP-IDSA, intends to bring out a special issue on “India–Africa Defence Cooperation”, and is inviting contributions for the same. The special issue endeavours to explore and examine the existing common security challenges faced by India and Africa, the various dimensions of India–Africa defence cooperation and scope for new areas of cooperation in the defence and security sector.

    Topics of interest:

    • Defence Cooperation (regional or country-specific)
    • Training/Capacity-building
    • Common Maritime Security Threats
    • Impact of the Pandemic on India–Africa Defence and Security Ties
    • UN Peacekeeping Operations: Challenges and Prospects (country-specific, e.g., Democratic Republic of Congo)
    • Evolving Threat of Terrorism and Terror Finance
    • Defence Industry Cooperation


    Contributors may submit an abstract of about 200–300 words to the Associate Editor, Journal of Defence Studies at latest by 15 January 2023. The deadline for submission of articles/commentaries/opinion pieces is 31 March 2023.

    A full-length analytical article should be in the range of 4,000–8,000 words; the word count range for a commentary/opinion piece is 2,000–3,000 words. The contributions will be double-blind peer-reviewed following the journal’s standard review process, and an honorarium will be paid for the selected articles in keeping with our usual practices.
    Submission Guidelines and more details about the journal are available at

    In case of any queries, contact:
    Ms Madhavi Ratnaparkhi
    Associate Editor, Journal of Defence Studies, MP-IDSA
    New Delhi-110010
    Email:; Landline: +91-11-26717983 (Extn: 7231)

    Guidelines for Contributors

    Detailed Guidelines for Contributors can be found here.