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International Security

Steven E. Miller, Editor-in-Chief
Morgan L. Kaplan, Executive Editor
Owen R. Coté Jr., Editor   
Diane J. McCree, Managing Editor 

International Security publishes lucid, well-documented essays on the full range of contemporary security issues. Its articles address traditional topics such as war and peace as well as more recent dimensions of security, including the growing importance of environmental, demographic, and humanitarian issues, and the rise of global terrorist networks.

International Security has defined the debate on US national security policy and set the agenda for scholarship on international security affairs for more than forty years. International Security has been consistently at or near the top of the Thomson Reuters Impact Factor rankings of all international relations journals. 

Readers of IS discover new developments in: 

  • The causes and prevention of war 
  • U.S.-China relations 
  • Ethnic conflict and internal war
  • Terrorism and insurgency 
  • Asian, European, and regional security
  • U.S. foreign and defense policy
  • Nuclear proliferation
  • International relations theory
  • Diplomatic and military history
  • Cybersecurity


International Security is published by the MIT Press for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University.  

Impact Measures:

  • #2 in International Relations (Impact Factor: 4.500, 2018 Journal Citation Reports) 
  • #1 in Military Studies (2018 Google Scholar Metrics)
  • #2 in Law (2018 SCImago Journal & Country Rank)

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