A project sponsored and delivered by the University of Zimbabwe

The Editorial Objective

Intelligence is now assuming a more prominent role in Africa's peace and security, as well as its continental domain of international politics. The journal provides a vehicle for the development of high quality scholarship in the context of the intelligence landscape in Africa. It publishes up-to-date and original intelligence research contributions for the benefit of policy makers on the continent. The journal welcomes  scholarly articles dealing with intelligence and the related professional and policy aspects. Articles may address any aspect of intelligence in the African context. To maintain the journal’s international scope, articles drawing comparisons between Africa and other jurisdictions will also be welcome. 


Rationale

The evolving research community has repeatedly noted the absence of any natural “journal of choice” for the publication of high quality academic intelligence articles dealing with the security environment in Africa. Despite the acknowledgement of Higher-Education having a special role to play in peace and security affairs on the African continent, there has been no push from academic institutions to advance intelligence studies as a disciplinary specialization. In the same vein, intelligence services and other institutions that are dependent on information gathering processes for their decision making have not articulated a demand for academicisation of intelligence to improve their prospects. These institutions include the Continental Early Warning System (CEWS), the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) and the African Centre for the Study and Research of Terrorism (ACSRT). The creation of a platform that will accommodate scholarly outputs on intelligence studies from within the continent is thus one proposed intervention to address the weak academicisation of intelligence studies.


The journal launch responds to a significant gap in the existing provision of academic journals in intelligence and security. It will bridge the divide between intelligence,and will attract high quality research contributions from intelligence and security scholars for publication in an African context. Many intelligence scholars and practitioners report a reluctance to submit serious research-based articles to existing journals with no express interest in the epistemological and methodological aspects of intelligence scholarship.


The Journal will examine intelligence as an aspect of African peace and security from a variety of perspectives, which include but are not limited to:

  • the historical development of intelligence agencies in Africa
  • representations of intelligence among African societies
  • public understandings and expectations related to intelligence
  • intelligence and ethics
  • intelligence collection and analysis for the benefit of African peace and security
  • covert action and counterintelligence
  • privacy and intelligence accountability
  • the outsourcing of intelligence operations
  • the role of politics in intelligence activities
  • African intelligence cooperation and burden-sharing
  • the relationships among African intelligence agencies and national and international organisations
  • comparisons between African intelligence agencies and agencies from other jurisdictions 


Journal Specification

  • Launch date:  2021
  • Number of issues per year: 2 (to be reviewed after the initial start-up period) 
  • Number of papers per year: 10 (5 papers per issue)
  • Content: articles and book reviews
  • Review process: Double Blind

Target Market (authors and readers)

  • Intelligence scholars and practitioners
  • Continental Early Warning System (CEWS)
  • The Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) 
  • The African Centre for the Study and Research of Terrorism (ACSRT)

Expected Contributors by %

  • Academics – 90%
  • Practitioners – 10%