A Blog Article by Pablo Markin.
This journal appearing in both German and English will serve as a forum for innovative explorations of strategic challenges that European, German and transatlantic politics faces. SIRIUS: A Journal for Strategic Analyses (Zeitschrift für Strategische Analysen), as a free-access journal, responds to the need for scholarly reflection on the rapid changes that global economic, political and social conditions undergo. In the framework of this new journal, foreign relations think tanks, research institutes and universities around the world will contribute to the public debate on security- and strategy-related topics.
The free-access model of this journal is enabled through the support of the Science and Democracy Foundation (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Demokratie). In the editorial board of the journal, foundation representatives, securities studies scholars and security policy-makers, such as Dr. Karl-Heinz Kamp, President of the German Federal Academy for Security Policy, are present. The interdisciplinary relevance of this journal is based on recent strategic developments that put into question traditional military, defense and disarmament doctrines, as strategic competition between extant and emergent world powers becomes more pronounced than in previous decades.
Moreover, since global security increasingly becomes affected not only by terrorism risks, but also by demographic factors, organized crime and regional conflicts, interrelationships between these and other factors demand additional research and informed discussion. Consequently, the inaugural issue of this journal explores the epochal change in international relations that for its analysis requires scholarly inquiries closely oriented toward strategic challenges that different international actors encounter. At the same time, the free-access format of this publication also demands twining academic rigor with cross-disciplinary and public accessibility, as Joachim Krause’s English-language article on the portentous change in international relations and its implications for European states demonstrates.
By Pablo Markin
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