Call for Papers: The Handbook of African Intelligence Cultures

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Call for Papers
September 16, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Public Policy

The Handbook of African Intelligence Cultures

I am seeking contributors to write chapters for The Handbook of African Intelligence Cultures (under contract with Rowman and Littlefield). The book offers a concise account of African intelligence and security services by examining national intelligence cultures. Specifically, it focuses on how a country’s internal and external environmental factors shape the intelligence culture and how intelligence influences the government, society and culture. This book continues with themes examined in The Handbook of European Intelligence Cultures (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016; ), pp. xxxv-xxxviii.


Contributors will write a chapter on a country’s intelligence culture by focusing on issues, including the countries’ history, national and international settings, ethnic and religious groups, the legal framework for intelligence, and key intelligence events. Moreover, the chapter will discuss how the intelligence services are structured and operate as well as how the services’ role in security and government.

The actual content will vary depending on the country and contributor.

Research Expectations and Length

Original research is not required. A summary of published material that addresses the above content is sufficient.

Each chapter will be between 4,000 and 5,000 words (about 16-20 double-spaced pages).

Chapter Format

Example chapter format (this example is not a strict outline as contributors are encouraged to format and title the chapters according to country-specific issues):

1. Introduce the country and its intelligence services; about 500 words

2. Brief history of intelligence use and history of the country (about three specific and impactful moments that shape the intelligence services); about 1,000 words

3. Intelligence community and country-specific issues that shape intelligence culture (ethnic issues/government structure/coordination with other government branches/external and internal relations); about 1,500 to 2,000 words

4. Oversight, reform, collection/operational issues and/or international partners (which influences the country’s intelligence culture); about 1,000 words

5. Conclusion (summarizing the factors that shape intelligence in the country); about 500 words

This example outline will differ, depending on contributor interests, available sources and country issues. Contributors can use the above format or develop their own.

Countries included:

Each of the following countries will be its own chapter:

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Congo- Republic of the Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South  Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Potential contributors should send a CV and 250-500 word abstract about the country they wish to write on that addresses the above themes with a proposed outline. In addition to the abstract, include a brief bibliography of at least five potential sources. Please send these three items to Ryan Shaffer at before September 15, 2020.

PhDs and graduate students are strongly encouraged to send proposals.

Contributors will be given a contract from Rowman and Littlefield upon acceptance of the abstract.

The chapters will be due March 1, 2021.

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