Information Warfare and Influence Campaigns

The Defence Horizon Journal is seeking submissions on the subject of Information Warfare and Influence Campaigns, to be published by the end of October 2022.  The use of influence to overcome an opponent has long been used both in politics and conflict.  The recent War in Ukraine illustrates the relevance of the subject. At the heart of influence is information, how it is effectively controlled and positioned. That leads to the core subjects of this call for papers: Intelligence, propaganda and conflict – interaction, correlation and dependencies.

We intend to explore the role of influence in open conflict and grey zone operations but also in geopolitical competition (global competition in emerging tech, natural resources,...) between opponents. This broadening of scope enables the exploration of the role of influence in affecting political decision-making in liberal democracies and the techniques used by authoritarian governments abroad and – to an increasing degree – in the economic realm.

This call for papers focuses on topics related to information warfare and influence campaigns. Its purpose is to analyze information warfare and influence campaigns comprehensively, including but not limited to socio-political, cultural, media and communication scientific, military and technological aspects, to create a holistic understanding of the respective operations ends, ways and means in the information domain.

Authors could ask themselves the following questions: 

- How is superiority in the information domain used to influence all relevant actors?
- How to gain, maintain and exploit a holistic understanding of the strategic environment?
- Evaluation/ Methodologies: Do influence operations work?  Is there any proof of effectiveness?
- What constitutes an influence campaign? What criteria define activity as an influence operation?
- Beyond "Big Data": Which kind of data are necessary for an influence campaign? 


Whilst the questions above serve as food for thought, authors are encouraged and welcome to offer original ideas and perspectives and to engage with subject-related questions they themselves find interesting. 
 

As busy policy professionals read TDHJ, all submissions should follow our guidelines for submission (https://www.thedefencehorizon.org/submission-guidelines; template “Case Study”)

 

All submissions should contain endnotes following the Chicago Manual of Style. All submissions will be peer-reviewed before publication to ensure the quality of content.

 

To submit a paper, please forward your completed manuscript to submissions@thedefencehorizon.org. The closing date for submissions is 04.09.2022.

 

The Defence Horizon Journal thanks you for your interest in our journal and wishes you well in your submission.