Welcome to Strife’s monthly newsletter!
The aim of this newsletter is simple- to allow you to keep up with all that has been going on at Strife, and to allow us to share the exciting work that we have been doing.
Be sure to keep reading and to follow us to find out more about what Strife has to offer.
Letter from the Editor
Over the past year Strife Blog and Journal has taken on a diverse team with editorial and operational staff from across five continents, based at numerous institutions, all specialising in the analysis of conflict in all its forms. Strife publications have grown, with the Journal moving from biannual to quarterly. The Blog has dramatically increased its output, now publishing one article per day. I am proud of the work and dedication of the editorial and operational teams’ efforts to make these goals a reality.
This newsletter is the start of a set of initiatives from our Communications team to promote the most recent developments and projects here at Strife. Strife’s goal is to promote the work and achievements of postgraduate and early career researchers. We hope this newsletter will provide a snapshot not only into our publications but the work of the overall team that contribute to Strife. To that end, I am pleased to be able to introduce our pilot scheme for Women In Writing as part of our celebrations of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Over the coming months we look forward to bringing updates on the publications, updates from our operational and communications teams as well as dates for your diary.
A Happy Easter to you from all at Strife.
Anna B. Plunkett
Editor in Chief, Strife Blog and Journal
International Women’s Day at Strife
Happy Women’s History Month! This month we’ve had a chance to reflect on the changing position of women through the decades, and though many steps have been made in the right direction, it remains clear that there is still much to do in our field.
Too often, the voices of women on issues of conflict and security are marginalised or go unheard, despite the critical role they play in conflict, development, peacebuilding and international security. We want to support women in writing their own chapter in the history of conflict. To this end, we launched the Women in Writing Mentoring Scheme in October 2020.
The women in the scheme were assigned a mentor who helped guide them through every step of the writing process—from the generation of ideas to editing, to publication. A companion on their year-long journey, the mentors will be their open door to the world of writing, so that the women will be able to confidently walk through and shine on their own. Later, they may then lend a hand to the women following in their footsteps.
Our nineteen mentees have had the chance to write and publish one article for Strife Blog, with their next round of publication quickly approaching in May. We also created a series of unique and exclusive events focused on transferable and soft skills as well as possible career pathways. From workshops on editing to coffee chats with working professionals in academia, policy, think tanks, and the private sector, we have given them a chance to network, ask questions, and see what it is like to be a woman in conflict from the perspective of experts.
We are proud to say we have provided a unique experience for the MA students who took on this opportunity.
Calls for Papers
Strife not only publishes its academic blog, but also its peer-reviewed academic journal, Strife Journal, which is led by doctoral and graduate researchers at the War Department at King’s College London.
Strife Journal was happy to announce the opening of the first Call for Papers for 2021 on the 4th of March.
The deadline for submission is the 12th of April 2021. More information on deadlines and submission guidance can be found here.
Strife’s new Ethics Statement
Strife is pleased to announce the publication of our Ethical Standards, now available in full here.
We believe that it is crucial to highlight the ethical principles that are the foundation of all of our work.
If there are any queries or questions that you may have on the ethical guidelines or procedures of the Strife Blog and Journal, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Articles at Strife Blog for March 2021
- The Growing Threat of Armed Banditry in North-West Nigeria by Adedeji Ademola (Jan 2021)
- Perim: the strategic island that never was, by James A. Fargher (June 2016)
- Prostitution: Legalising and Regulating the Sex Trade, by Julia M. Hodgins (March 2021)
- It’s Time to Reconceptualize the American War Hero, by Mary Hood (March 2021)
- Order of Battle Analysis and Military Intelligence in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, by Leonardo Palma (March 2021)