Call for Contributors: The Handbook of Asian Intelligence Cultures

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Political History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies


I am seeking contributors to write chapters for The Handbook of Asian Intelligence Cultures (under contract with Rowman and Littlefield). The handbook will provide concise chapters about each Asian country’s African intelligence services by examining national intelligence cultures. In particular, it focuses on how a country’s internal and external environmental factors shape the intelligence culture and how intelligence effects 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.


Each chapter will examine a specific country’s intelligence service by exploring the domestic intelligence community as well as the country’s history, international relations, ethnic and religious groups, legal framework, and key intelligence history. Additionally, each chapter will explain how the intelligence community is structured and the role intelligence plays in the government.

The content included will largely depend on the issues in the country.

Research Expectations and Length

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

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

Chapter Format:

An example chapter format (this is not a strict template 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 in the country (about three specific and impactful moments on 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 informs the country’s intelligence culture); about 1,000 words

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

Countries included:

Each chapter will be about a specific Asian country.

The 29 countries included are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.


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 October 1, 2020.

PhDs and graduate students are encouraged to send proposals.

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

The chapters will be due April 1, 2021.

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