The Journal of Peace and War Studies (JPWS) is an annual peer-reviewed journal published by the John and Mary Frances Patton Peace & War Center at Norwich University. JPWS aims to promote and disseminate high quality research on peace and war throughout the international academic community. It also aims to provide policy makers in the United States and many other countries with in-depth analyses of contemporary issues and policy alternatives.
I am thrilled to introduce the 4th edition of the Journal of Peace and War Studies (JPWS), which timely addresses the theme of “Deciphering the Russian Riddle: National Interests and Geopolitical Competitions.”
Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has frightened the international community, significantly disrupting the rules-based international order established after the end of World War II. Realpolitik concerns thus take the central position of global politics. Along with heightening tensions over Taiwan between the United States and China, the international community has even come to worry about the possibility of a nuclear war between great powers, which has been unthinkable in the post-Cold War era.
Under these rapidly changing geopolitical circumstances, a group of prominent scholars analyze various Russia-related issues and provide unique insights in this special edition. These analyses encompass fundamental roots of Russia’s grand strategy and foreign policy, Russia’s strategies in Syria and Bosnia, Russo-Georgian and Russo-Ukrainian wars, the growing China-Russia partnership, Russia’s disinformation strategies toward Syria and the Arctic, and shifting Ukrainian nationhood and identities. Moreover, two intelligent student researchers add insights into intra-factional fighting within Yugoslavia during World War II and America’s strategic ambiguity vis-à-vis China and Taiwan.
I want to express deep gratitude to more than 35 scholars around the world, who closely reviewed the manuscripts and provided critical comments and suggestions. Thanks also to Assistant Editor Vina Hutchinson for her thorough copy edits and to Norwich director of creative services Joseph Yglesias for a great journal design.
We hope you find the contents of the 2022 special issue on Russia insightful, though there was a publication delay and things have somewhat changed since.
We look forward to your thoughts and feedback. Thank you!
Editor, Journal of Peace and War Studies
Associate Professor, Political Science
Associate Director, John and Mary Frances Patton Peace & War Center
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