Anthology about South Asian intelligence services since 1947

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Call for Papers
October 8, 2022 to December 21, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Military History, Political History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies

Call for Papers

We are seeking chapters for an academic anthology about South Asian intelligence services since 1947. Chapters should have an analytic argument that relates, directly or indirectly, to the trajectory of South Asian intelligence and security services since colonialism. Authors are encouraged to take their own approaches in addressing themes that include culture, democracy, history, bureaucracy, post-colonialism, international organizations, competition and war.


Ryan Shaffer and ASM Ali Ashraf


Potential topics include intelligence as it relates to counter-terrorism/terrorism, Cold War, domestic issues/politics, international security partnerships and/or competition, and military.

Chapters must be between 7,000 to 7,500 words (about 25 to 28 double-spaced, 12-point font pages).


Chapters should cover one or more of these countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Timeline and Submission Instructions

Interested authors should send (1) a CV and (2) 250-500 word abstract to Ryan Shaffer at before December 20, 2022.

Authors will receive a confirmation of receipt and will be notified by January 15, 2023 if they will be invited to submit a full draft.

Chapters are expected to be completed on June 12, 2023 and will then be reviewed for inclusion in the book. The book is expected to have a 2024 publication date.