Security Dialogue

Security Dialogue is a peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes scholarly articles which combine contemporary theoretical analysis with challenges to public policy across a wide-ranging field of security studies. The journal is owned by the Peace Research Institute Oslo which also hosts the editorial office. As of 1 October 2015 Mark B. Salter (University of Ottawa) is the editor-in-chief. Marit Moe-Pryce has been the managing editor of the journal since 2004. Current associate editors are Emily Gilbert (University of Toronto), Jairus V. Grove (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa), Jana Hönke (University of Bayreuth), Doerthe Rosenow (Oxford Brookes), Anna Stavrianakis (University of Sussex), and Maria Stern (University of Gothenburg).[1]

Security Dialogue
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DisciplineInternational relations
Edited byMark B. Salter
Publication details
Former name(s)
Bulletin of Peace Proposals
3.459 (2020)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Secur. Dialogue
ISSN0967-0106 (print)
1460-3640 (web)
OCLC no.26717433

Security Dialogue went through a significant change in scope under the editorship of J. Peter Burgess, and this has seen the journal climbing on international rankings to become one of the leading journals in critical security studies. In addition to the flagship journal, Security Dialogue also runs a blog[2] and podcast series.[3]


The journal was established by Marek Thee in 1970 under the name Bulletin of Peace Proposals. The aim was to systematically present, compare and discuss ideas, plans, and proposals for development, justice, and peace.[4] The name of the journal was changed to Security Dialogue in September 1992. In the editorial introduction to the new journal title, then-editor Magne Barthe called for inter-regional dialogue on security issues, and for an internationalization of both scope and dissemination.[5] In celebration of the journal's 50th anniversary in 2019, a longer piece on the journal's history was written by Michael Murphy.

Critical Approaches to Security in EuropeEdit

One of the most-cited articles published in Security Dialogue is the manifesto of the C.A.S.E. Collective, which outlined the recent history of critical security studies in Europe and suggested directions forward.[6] The C.A.S.E. Collective article traced the development of the different "schools" of European critical security studies from a sociological perspective, and was written by a group of junior and senior scholars, including: Claudia Aradau, Didier Bigo, Matti Jutila, Tara McCormack, Andrew Neal, Ole Wæver, and Michael C. Williams.[6] Then-editor J. Peter Burgess recognized the controversy caused by the C.A.S.E. Collective approach,[7] and Security Dialogue published a series of replies to the C.A.S.E. Collective article by R. B. J. Walker,[8] Andreas Behnke,[9] Mark B. Salter,[10] and Christine Sylvester[11] in response to the manifesto, as well as a response to the critics written again by the C.A.S.E. Collective.[12]

"Is Securitization Theory Racist?" ControversyEdit

In August 2019, Alison Howell and Melanie Richter-Montpetit published the research article "Is Securitization Theory Racist? Civilizationism, Methodological Whiteness, and Antiblack Thought in the Copenhagen School", arguing that "Copenhagen School securitization theory is structured not only by Eurocentrism but also by civilizationism, methodological whiteness, and antiblack racism."[13] Although they specified that their argument was "not a personal indictment of any particular author", they extensively addressed the works of Barry Buzan and Ole Wæver, two central figures of the Copenhagen School. Buzan and Wæver replied to the article in May 2020, citing alleged errors in the article and arguing that the methodology and academic standards of Howell and Richter-Montpetit's article are "so profoundly and systematically flawed as to void the authors’ argument", and thought that "the lack of credible supporting evidence makes their charge libellous."[14]

List of EditorsEdit

Since 1970, 49 volumes of Security Dialogue have been published by 6 editors, totalling 214 issues. Below is a summary of the tenures of the respective editors.

Editor Tenure
Marek Thee 1970-1991
Magne Barth 1992-1996
Pavel Baev 1995-2001
J. Peter Burgess 2001-2013
Claudia Aradau 2013-2015
Mark B. Salter 2015–Present

Abstracting and IndexingEdit

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:[15]

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2016 impact factor of 2.692, ranking it 6th out of 86 journals in the category "International Relations".[16]


  1. ^ "Security Dialogue". SAGE Publications Inc. 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  2. ^ "Security Dialogue Blog". PRIO.
  3. ^ "Security Dialogue Podcast Series". PRIO.
  4. ^ "Prefatory Note". Security Dialogue. 1: 3–4. 1970. doi:10.1177/096701067000100101. S2CID 220719672.
  5. ^ Barthe, Magne (September 1992). "Letter from the Editor". Security Dialogue. 23 (3): 3–4. doi:10.1177/0967010692023003001. S2CID 220874220.
  6. ^ a b c.a.s.e. collective (December 2006). "Critical Approaches to Security in Europe: A Networked Manifesto" (PDF). Security Dialogue. 37 (4): 443–487. doi:10.1177/0967010606073085. hdl:11693/49515. S2CID 220875483.
  7. ^ Burgess, J. Peter (December 2007). "Editor's Note". Security Dialogue. 38 (4): 545–546. doi:10.1177/0967010607085000. S2CID 220874973.
  8. ^ Walker, R. B. J. (March 2007). "Security, Critique, Europe". Security Dialogue. 38 (1): 95–103. doi:10.1177/0967010607075974. S2CID 144864825.
  9. ^ Behnke, Andreas (March 2007). "Presence and Creation: A Few (Meta-)Critical Comments on the c.a.s.e. Manifesto". Security Dialogue. 38 (1): 105–111. doi:10.1177/0967010607075975. S2CID 144217213.
  10. ^ Salter, Mark (March 2007). "On Exactitude in Disciplinary Science: A Response to the Network Manifesto". Security Dialogue. 38 (1): 113–122. doi:10.1177/0967010607075976. S2CID 130794815.
  11. ^ Sylvester, Christine (December 2007). "Anatomy of a Footnote". Security Dialogue. 38 (4): 547–558. doi:10.1177/0967010607085001. S2CID 145679095.
  12. ^ c.a.s.e. collective (December 2007). "Europe, Knowledge, Politics - Engaging with the Limits: The c.a.s.e. collective Responds" (PDF). Security Dialogue. 38 (4): 559–576. doi:10.1177/0967010607085002. S2CID 220879335.
  13. ^ Howell, Alison; Richter-Montpetit, Melanie (2020). "Is Securitization Theory Racist? Civilizationism, Methodological Whiteness, and Antiblack Thought in the Copenhagen School". Security Dialogue. 51 (1): 3–22. doi:10.1177/0967010619862921. S2CID 197697420. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  14. ^ Buzan, Barry; Wæver, Ole (2020). "Racism and responsibility – The critical limits of deepfake methodology in security studies: A reply to Howell and Richter-Montpetit". Security Dialogue. 51 (4): 386–394. doi:10.1177/0967010620916153. S2CID 219409196. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Security Dialogue". SAGE Publications Inc. 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  16. ^ "Journal Indexing". SAGE Journals. 2017.

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