CFP: International Security in the Post-Pandemic Era: Threats and Opportunities

Deadline: April 10, 2023


25-26 May 2023

Hybrid (online and in person)

Babes-Bolyai University Cluj (Romania)

The interdependence between the economic, environmental, military, political or societal sectors of security represents a core debate in social sciences. Beyond its theoretical approaches, policy-makers strive to implement optimal strategies for assuring national security. In spite of the interest for national security, the experts, sometimes, fail to foresee the ‘black swans’ that generate serious dangers to the national security. The COVID-19 pandemics was one of the ‘black swans’ that made the world to the face one of the biggest security challenges since the beginning of the 21st century. This crisis made clear how and why the security sectors are interdependent and challenged the policy-makers and experts to identify solutions for maintaining the optimal functioning of societies.

This conference aims to bring together works addressing issues about the threats or opportunities to the national security raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. The papers can address – but not be limited to – one of the following questions:

• How was security defined during the pandemic?

• Why do / do not we have to rethink contemporary security?

• How policy-makers or security actors should act after the pandemic?

• How the security-liberty debate evolved during the pandemic?

• What local, regional or global strategies should be implemented to ensure security?

• How was border securitization assured during the pandemic?

• How was the security of economic sector realized during the pandemic?

• What opportunities for enforcing the national security has brought the pandemic?

• How was state surveillance used to maintain the national security during the pandemic?

Depending on the quality, and scope of works, the organizers have in mind either a special issue in an international peer-reviewed journal or an edited volume with a high-profile publisher.

The language of the conference is English. Authors should fill in the application form until 10 April 2023. There is no conference fee. The organizers will provide accommodation and meals for the entire duration of the conference. In case of co-authored works, the organizers will cover the costs for one author.

Further details and the application form are available at