Non-traditional conflicts, non-state actors, and use of proxy forces in modern warfare
In recent years, we have been observing the growing involvement and significance of non-state actors and proxy forces in contemporary warfare. Pursuing their own interests, or being employed by foreign states, proxy forces or local non-state actors can be added to a myriad of elements and factors that shape fewer and fewer contemporary traditional and binary conflicts, which consist of asymmetric, irregular, unconventional or hybrid characteristics. This field of study lags behind the reality often hidden behind the modern fog of war, or disinformation; therefore, as guest editors of a special issue of the Security and Defence Quarterly, we would like to invite you to help us understand the discussed phenomenon better by contributing to this unique edition of the international academic journal.
Therefore, it is our honour to invite you to contribute to a special edition of the Security and Defence Quarterly. The working title of the incoming special edition is “Non-Traditional Conflicts, Non-State Actors and Use of Proxy Forces in Modern Warfare”. The proposals for this special edition may focus on the issue from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives of security studies.
Manuscript submission
Full papers (between 6000 and 10000 words) are invited for publication in this Special Issue. All authors must follow Security and Defence “Guide for Authors”. To submit a manuscript, please access: and select this Special Issue “Non-Traditional Conflicts, Non-State Actors and Use of Proxy Forces in Modern Warfare”. All submissions are subject to standard peer review, revision, and re-submission processes.
Tentative schedule:
Submission of full papers: 15th September 2020
Peer-Review: 15th October 2020
Publication of the Special Issue: 15th December 2020
Special Edition’s Guest Editorial Team:
Dr Cüneyt Gürer, University of Siegen, Germany. Email:
Dr Cyprian Aleksander Kozera, War Studies University, Poland. Email:
Please direct any queries to Dr Cyprian Aleksander Kozera at or