War in Ukraine: The World Responds



Abstracts and Pitches: Rolling 

Analytical Arguments (about 3,000 words): March 17, 2023

Peer-Reviewed Essays (4–6,000 words): March 17, 2023



We have now surpassed the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has become the largest land war in Europe since World War II. Since the first attacks on Ukrainian soil early on February 24, 2022, the destabilizing impacts of the conflict have been felt everywhere around the world.

The Journal of International Affairs’ 151th issue will focus on exploring the complex dynamics resulting from the Russian invasion and the ongoing war in Ukraine that has sent shockwaves through global systems, including in geopolitics, security, energy, food, climate, and migration. The Journal seeks contributions exploring the many dynamics that the war brings to the forefront of the global conversation.

Some believe that there is a disproportionate response that certain countries and institutions have shown to this war, as opposed to other conflicts and crises. Others recognize that the war has existential implications—including possible nuclear exchange—requiring such substantial involvement. This issue is interested in both perspectives, as well as others, in order to provide a fuller portrait of the vastness and diversity of response to this regional conflict with global implications.

As the conflict continues and many secondary effects are only now beginning to manifest, the response from the international community will necessarily need to adapt as well. The impetus for this issue stems from a pressing need to create a contemporary yet future-oriented resource for policymakers and researchers in international affairs, by collecting and contextualizing holistic and wide-ranging insight into the conflict from various angles, including those which may be less present in other publications.



JIA seeks contributions that contribute to a contemporary understanding of the effects of the war on the rest of the world, ranging from Ukraine and Russia themselves, as well as their immediate neighbors, to people and places far removed from the front. The Journal calls upon an interdisciplinary collection of policymakers, academics, and professionals to analyze and explore how the “Ukraine shock” (following on the heels of the “COVID shock”) is changing global paradigms already in flux.

Intersecting themes and possible topics for consideration include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Institutional response, including in the security and humanitarian sectors
  • Military response and military aid programs
  • NATO expansion and the accession of Finland and Sweden
  • The Sino-Russian relationship
  • UN dynamics, especially UNGA resolutions and UNSC dynamics
  • US domestic politics and the ramification on foreign policy
  • Germany
  • The EU response: aid, alliances, and expansion
  • Energy markets, fossil fuels, natural gas/LNG, and
  • Climate
  • Inflation and macroeconomy
  • Impact on civilians (especially groups like women and youth)
  • Food security and high prices
  • Migration out of Ukraine and refugee response in Ukraine’s neighbors
  • Multilateral and rhetorical response outside the West
  • Response prioritization and disproportionate aid and attention
  • Sport and the question of Ukrainian and Russian athletes in international competition


Submission Guidelines

JIA publishes peer-reviewed academic essays of 4,000–6,000 words and analytical arguments of about 3,000 words, which are not peer reviewed. Those interested in contributing are welcome to submit for either format. All articles must represent original, unpublished work. Conference papers or discussion papers that have not previously appeared in print are welcomed. JIA follows Chicago style, and its citation format is an adaptation of Chicago’s Notes and Bibliography system. Adaptations of existing work, such as book chapters, are considered if they are distinct enough from the original, and conference papers are welcome.

Interested contributors may submit a full draft, or a 200-word abstract/pitch detailing key questions, arguments, methodology, and findings (for an essay), and implications for scholars and policy practitioners. Please email your draft or pitch, along with brief biographical information, to [email protected] with “JIA Ukraine Submission” in the subject line.