International Conference


Contemporary Challenges and New Developments

Call for papers

7 – 9 June 2018 | Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

The international system goes through profound changes in which decision-making alternates between global, regional and national levels, new political actors emerge and traditional conceptualizations of governance and security are challenged. So far, extensive research has been dedicated to the preferences and actions of political actors, particular approaches to intelligence and security, power distribution and ways in which control can be maintained and increased, or trends in governance and Security in the post-Cold War or 9/11. At the same time, an extensive body of literature documented the impact of domestic politics, state decisions and migration on the position of states in the international arena. In this entire context it remains unclear whether traditional theoretical approaches are still suitable to understand these changes or we speak about the emergence of new paradigms in grasping the evolution of governance, intelligence and security. Moreover, the causes of recent transformations at regional and global level expanded to the realm of new political and social phenomena.

This international conference aims to bring together these perspectives and focuses on the contemporary challenges and new developments in the fields of governance, intelligence and security. The event aims to gather a group of 25-30 researchers working on these topics in order to facilitate the knowledge sharing and a better understanding of current events. The organizers strive for a balance between established academics, early career scholars (PhD candidates may also apply) and practitioners. We encourage theoretical, empirical or methodological papers on any aspects related to challenges and developments in the fields of governance, intelligence and security (including issues of securitization).

Depending on the quality, and scope of works, the organizers have in mind either a special issue in an international peer-reviewed journal or an edited volume with a high-profile publisher.




Papers will be presented in the following format: 15 min. presentation + 15 min. discussion.

In line with the goals of this conference, three types of papers are encouraged:

1. Theoretical papers that discuss the definition and conceptualization of new challenges and developments in governance, intelligence and security. Such contributions should ideally bring a broad perspective of the concepts (e.g. intelligence sharing, regional governance) and relate them to existing analytical dimensions.

2. Methodological papers addressing specific issues or assessments related to governance, intelligence or security. Contributions that bring innovative methods and data are particularly welcomed.

3. Empirical papers that seek to explain new developments, existing challenges, different forms of governance and security in diverse settings, components of intelligence etc. Longitudinal analyses and comparative works are particularly encouraged. We have no preference for qualitative or quantitative techniques of analysis. However, we expect papers presenting single case studies to aim at building, testing, or modifying theories instead of being centered on individual instances.

Application procedure and costs

Authors should fill in the application form (available here or at the bottom of this page) and submit it to until 1 April 2018 (applications received after deadline will not be reviewed).

There is no conference fee. The organizers will provide accommodation and meals for the entire duration of the conference. In case of co-authored works, the organizers will cover the costs for one author.

Key Dates

1 April 2018: Deadline for the submissions of abstracts.

15 April 2018: Authors informed about the outcome of the selection process.

30 May 2018: Deadline for authors to send their papers

7-9 June 2018: the event

For any further enquiries, please contact the organizers at

Author application form

Please download, fill and send form to until 1 April 2018.