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King University launches world’s first Security and Intelligence undergraduate journal

BRISTOL, TN -

King University's Office of Student Affairs and the King College of Arts and Sciences, in association with the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies (KISIS), have launched a new student-led, undergraduate academic publication, the Security and Intelligence Studies Journal (SISJournal). 

The first edition of the SISJournal, available on Amazon, officially released May 21, 2013, focusing on "Security Challenges in the 21st Century."

"This is the world's first student-led scholarly journal focusing exclusively on intelligence, security, terrorism, geopolitics, and international relations," said Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, director of the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies, and instructor and coordinator for King's SIS program. 

"The goal of the SISJournal is to highlight outstanding undergraduate research and give our students at King the opportunity to get first-hand involvement with high-standard academic writing and editing." 

The SISJournal intends to showcase some of the finest undergraduate student writing and research taking place at King and elsewhere around the world.  The first issue incorporates scholarly themes from a variety of disciplines, including Political Science and History, the sciences, Business, and Psychology, among others.

 In addition to serving as the executive editor for the SISJournal's inaugural edition, Micah-Sage Bolden posed the idea of creating an undergraduate journal to examine topics of security and intelligence. 

Bolden graduated earlier this month with his degree in Political Science and History with minors in Philosophy and Security & Intelligence Studies. 

He will be starting his Ph.D., studying domestic terrorism, this coming fall, at Michigan State University. 

 Eight papers made the cut for the first edition, each at a length of approximately 2,000 words.  "Around half of the articles are from students at King University; the other half of the papers come from students from various colleges and universities across the country," said Fitsanakis.  "We received about 25 submissions, all of which were carefully read and re-read by peer-reviewers."  The peer-reviewers for the journal included professors, former intelligence officers, and other current and former professionals.

 Fitsanakis states "One article is about the Syrian civil war taking place currently and how America should react. 

We have another article about the Iranian nuclear program and how America should respond to it. 

There are articles about the rise of Islamic militancy in Africa; domestic terrorism in the U.S.; more academic articles about how terrorist groups are funded and how, perhaps, we could stop terrorism by stopping the funding to militant groups; and the importance of understanding the cultures of other countries when it comes to counterinsurgency efforts."

Managing editor for the SIS Journal, Katelyn Hodges says "The events of 9/11 changed history, transforming the milieu of the security and intelligence world. 

The SIS Journal provides undergraduate students the opportunity to evaluate the novel issues and conflicts that have become critical to international security in the past decade. 

Through publication of analytical, peer-reviewed work, undergraduates are able to distinguish themselves as serious academics while building professional scholarly networks within the domain of security and intelligence." 

Hodges is a King senior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Security & Intelligence Studies. 

She will be spending the next year studying Linguistics in the United Kingdom. 

 In addition to Bolden and Hodges, the SISJournal editorial team for the first edition also includes:

  • Associate editor Brittany Linkous, King junior with majors in Cellular and Molecular Biology as well as Political Science and History and minors in Chemistry and Security & Intelligence Studies.
  • Manuscript editor Danielle Beauvais, King senior and scholar-athlete majoring in Accounting and minoring in Security & Intelligence Studies.
  •  Layout editor Kara Christian, King freshman  and cheerleader majoring in Nursing.
  •  Intern Kenneth Poolton, King junior studying Political Science and Security & Intelligence Studies.

 

Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis says, "The goal is to show the world what great work these undergraduate students are doing."  

"There is no other journal out there like this.  There are several graduate journals that focus on these issues, but when it comes to undergraduates, this is the only one in the world – and the first one. Our students are charting new territory – a new path."

King's new minor in Security and Intelligence Studies (SIS) provides students with the opportunity to learn about the following:

  • espionage and intelligence
  • international terrorism
  • The Cold War,
  • covert action
  • advanced topics in geopolitics

There are only 25 schools in the nation offering this type of undergraduate program.

For more information about the SISJournal, visit http://sisjournal.king.edu/

To learn more about King's Security and Intelligence Studies program, contact Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis at 423.652.6014 or jfitsanakis@king.edu.

 

Copyright 2013 King College. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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