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Submissions Issue 4

Each issue of FEU is dedicated to a particular topic, as described in the call for papers below. Unsolicited submissions are also encouraged and will be considered for future issues. Please write an abstract of approximately 300 words outlining your ideas for the article and send it to the editorial board via the submissions page. We welcome all contributions and ideas, but we cannot guarantee that an article will be published until the revision process is complete and the final version has been approved and accepted.  

FEU is a peer-reviewed journal. If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to submit the first version of your contribution, which will be sent out for double blind peer review by an expert on the topic. The final decision about the article will consider the opinion of the reviewer and will be taken upon receipt of a revised version, if any modifications are required. 

Call for Abstracts

Defending Europe: Security, Society, Strategy

The need to defend Europe has never been more pressing. The past decade has put an end to any illusions: the end of history, the invincibility of the liberal world order or the idea of Europe as an irreversible haven of freedom and prosperity all turned out to be wishful thinking. Optimistic assumptions have been challenged by numerous turmoils and systemic shocks, coming from both within and outside of the EU. By the end of 2023, we know that we cannot expect freedom, peace, and democracy to sustain themselves without our continuous and coordinated effort. Instead, we must be able to defend ourselves: our territories, our democracies, our Union and its global influence. How well are we prepared for this? 


The need for bold decisions to upgrade the defence capabilities of the EU is paramount in the face of evolving security threats and the imperative of safeguarding democracy and freedom on the continent.  On the one hand, the security landscape in Europe and beyond is rapidly changing, with emerging challenges such as cyberattacks, hybrid warfare, and transnational terrorism demanding an innovative and coordinated approach to defence.  On the other hand, defending democracy requires more than just military might; it necessitates resilient institutions, robust cybersecurity, and effective strategies to counter disinformation and foreign interference. Furthermore, the EU’s global ambition requires it to provide a strong countermodel – and a counternarrative – to the authoritarian actors that are becoming increasingly aggressive across the world. Future-oriented decisions must thus encompass investments in cutting-edge technology, cross-border cooperation, and a comprehensive approach that integrates both military and non-military tools, alongside building strong international alliances with like-minded partners.

The upcoming issue of the Future Europe Journal is thus dedicated to defence matters – in a broader sense and aiming to address the increasing complexity of this domain. Contributions by academics, policy experts, and industry representatives will cover three interrelated aspects: 
  • European defence industry and market, including the impact of technological transformation (cyber, space etc);

  • Democracy, societies, values: threats coming from authoritarianism, disinformation campaigns, divisive populism; interlinkages between defence, internal security (home affairs and rule of law, migration), and external security policies; 

  • Defence and Foreign Policy: new geopolitics, NATO and EU, decision-making process in the EU (voting vs vetoeing), multilateralism, defence diplomacy and partnerships, EU Delegations across the world. 


We thus encourage submissions that cover these or related issues, present insights from academic, policy or industry points of view, and suggest policy-oriented solutions on the European level. 


Submission details

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Timeline for the issue

1 October 2023
Deadline for Abstract Submissions
9 October 2023
Notification of Selection Results
27 November 2023
Submission of Draft Manuscripts
20 December 2023
Peer-Review and Revisions
15 January 2023
Submission of Final Papers
End of February 2024
Publishing of the Journal 

Keep the following factors in mind before submitting your abstract/paper

Is the paper worthy of attention and important for policymakers? Does it make a significant contribution that is topical, timely, and consequential for the policy sector?
Does the paper make a distinct contribution to current debates, present new arguments and supporting evidence, or approach the topic from an angle that enriches our understanding of more general trends?
Presentation and Structure
Is the paper structured in a consistent and logical way – with clear subsections – supporting the clarity of its arguments and analysis? Are the arguments and supporting evidence presented in a coherent and accessible way?
Liberal Perspective
Does the paper adhere to liberal values and principles? Does it advance our understanding of the topic from a liberal perspective and/ or offer compatible solutions to real-life problems?
European Relevance
Does the paper apply or contribute to wider debates about EU policies? (Not limiting itself to a national context.) If a national case study is used, is its link with the European level of analysis clearly defined?

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