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Editorial Policy

Scope and Focus

Inter Populum: The Journal of Irregular Warfare and Special Operations, published by Arizona State University, is an academically rigorous, peer-reviewed publication focused on advancing research and ideas and promoting discussion on topics of irregular warfare, special operations, and the nexus between them, as well as the integration of these military activities with those of other government agencies, civil society, and the private sector.

Article Categories and Submission Policies

The Journal primarily publishes two types of works: original research articles and book reviews. We accept unsolicited submissions of both types, and especially encourage submissions from authors or on topics outside the United States.

Research articles run 10,000 words or less and make an original contribution to advance debate or understanding of an issue clearly within the journal’s scope. They should present an argument with a clear thesis and a demonstrated appreciation for the current state of the scholarship or policy dynamics in question, and be thoroughly substantiated with citations to primary and secondary sources, as appropriate.

Book reviews are 800-1,200 words and provide commentary on recently published, commercially available book-length works, with a special focus on their relevance for scholars, policymakers, and practitioners of irregular warfare and special operations.

Letters. On a more limited basis, the Journal publishes letters from authors responding to a previously published article or commenting on current events or debates in the field. Letters are limited to 800 words; they should be purposeful and persuasive and submitted by someone who has the position, experience, or academic record to be considered a thought leader in the field.

Submission Guidelines

Authors are required to adhere to the latest APA manual (7th edition) guidelines. Submissions not following APA style will be returned for reformatting. All submissions must include an abstract of 150 words or less, an authors bio of less than 100 words, and a list of up to 5 keywords for indexing and searchability.

Peer Review Process

Our journal upholds the highest standards of academic scrutiny through a double-blind peer review process. The timeline for this process typically spans from 1 to 3 months.

Publication Ethics

Inter Populum is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of publication ethics. We expect all stakeholders, including authors, reviewers, and editors, to uphold integrity in research and scholarly communication, including preventing plagiarism, ensuring proper authorship attribution, disclosing conflicts of interest, obtaining permissions for copyrighted material, maintaining confidentiality, and promptly addressing errors or misconduct.

Copyright Policy

In accordance with our open-access ethos, Inter Populum affords authors the prerogative to retain copyright ownership of their published work.

Editorial Independence

The views expressed in this publication are entirely those of the authors and do not reflect the views, policies, or positions of Arizona State University, the United States Government, the U.S. Department of Defense, or any other government entity.

Publication Frequency

Inter Populum is published once a year in print (ISSN: 2329-6151), and twice a year online (ISSN: 2372-2657).

Submission Contact Information

To request a printed copy or inquire about publication consideration, please contact our team at



Christopher Marsh, U.S. National Defense University,

James Kiras, U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies,

Managing Editor:

Lisa Sheldon, Consultant

Book Review Editor:

Mark Grzegorzewski, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University,

Editorial Board:

Leo Blanken, Naval Postgraduate School

Patricia Blocksome, Joint Special Operations University

Paul Brister, U.S. Naval War College

Carolyne Davidson, U.S. National Defense University

David Ellis, New College of Florida

Nikolas Gvosdev, U.S. Naval War College

Will Irwin, Joint Special Operations University

Jaroslaw Jablonski, Jagiellonian University

Martijn Kitzen, Netherlands Defence Academy

Nina Kollars, U.S. Naval War College

Jeffrey Kubiak, Arizona State University

David Maxwell, Center for Asia Pacific Strategy

Mark Moyar, Hillsdale College

Aleksandra Nesic, U.S. Department of State

David Oakley, Joint Special Operations University

Ulrica Pettersson, Swedish Defence University Linda Robinson, RAND Corporation

Richard Schultz, Fletcher School, Tufts University

Kalev Sepp, Naval Postgraduate School

Emily Stranger, Indiana University-Bloomington