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Mershon Center for International Security Studies


Randall Schweller, professor of political science, has been named editor-in-chief for a three-year term of Security Studies, a top 25 journal in international relations. The journal's editorial office will be at the Mershon Center, 

Security Studies publishes innovative scholarly manuscripts that make a significant contribution – whether theoretical, empirical, or both – to our understanding of international security. The journal features articles that develop, test, and debate theories of international security – that is, articles that address an important research question, display innovation in research, contribute in a novel way to a body of knowledge, and demonstrate theoretical development with state-of-the art use of appropriate methodological tools.

The journal publishes articles that challenge the conventional wisdom in the area of international security studies. Security Studies includes a wide range of topics ranging from nuclear proliferation and deterrence, civil-military relations, strategic culture, ethnic conflicts and their resolution, epidemics and national security, democracy and foreign-policy decision making, developments in qualitative and multi-method research, and the future of security studies.

Journal Citations Report ranks Security Studies 29th out of 86 in the International Relations (social science) category, with an Impact Factor of 1.056.

The managing editor for Security Studies will be Marina Duque, doctoral student in political science.