Call for Papers: "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 are approaching the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has become the largest 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, if unequally.

The 151th issue of the Journal of International Affairs 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 geopolitics, energy, food, climate, and migration.

Of great consideration is the attention put on this topic, potentially at the expense of others. The Journal acknowledges the editorial agency behind the selection of this issue topic and specifically seeks contributions that explore, interrogate, and contextualize the disproportionate response that certain countries and institutions have shown to this war, as opposed to other conflicts and crises. It is well-established, if underappreciated, the extent of the ambivalence and complexity with which many populations have understood the war. This issue, in particular, is highly interested in these responses, in order to both provide a platform for underrepresented voices but also to provide a fuller portrait of the vastness and diversity of response to a regional conflict with global implications.

The aim of this issue goes beyond creating a realistic portrait of the invasion and subsequent battlefield dynamics. As the conflict enters its second year 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 an up-to-date yet future-oriented resource for policymakers and researchers in international affairs, by collecting and contextualizing holistic and wide-ranging contemporary insight into the conflict from various angles, including those which may be less present in other publications.



The Journal seeks contributions that provide a contemporary understanding of the effects of the war on the rest of the world, ranging from Ukraine’s and Russia’s immediate neighbors to people and places far removed from the front. Rather than an issue dedicated to the battlefield, which has been and continues to be well-covered in other outlets, JIA 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
  • NATO expansion and the accession of Finland and Sweden
  • The Sino-Russian relationship
  • UN processes, especially UNGA resolutions and UNSC dynamics
  • US domestic politics and the ramifications on foreign policy
  • Germany and its multifaceted response
  • The EU response: aid, alliances, and expansion
  • Energy markets, fossil fuels, natural gas/LNG, and global commodities markets
  • Climate
  • Inflation and the macroeconomy
  • Impact on civilians (especially women and youth)
  • Food security and high staples 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

The Journal 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 or pitch detailing key questions, arguments, methodology, 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.