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BRISTOL, Tenn., February 26, 2014 – The King Institute for Security and Intelligence
Studies (KISIS) has released the second issue of its Security and Intelligence Studies
Journal (SISJournal). The second edition of the student-led, undergraduate academic
publication focuses on ‘Al-Qaeda: Past, Present, Future.’ The journal is currently
available on Amazon.com.
“The main question examined in the journal is - now with Osama bin Laden dead, does
the organization have a future? What can we infer from its past trajectory – is [al-Qaeda]
on its way out? Or, is it consolidating its strength and about to reappear in a different
form?,” says Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, director of the King Institute for Security and
Intelligence Studies and assistant professor of Political Science for King.
Submissions were received from all across the United States with several submissions
from overseas. “We had more than 20 submissions, of which five ultimately were chosen
for inclusion in the journal. The five that were chosen represent the best of what
Fitsanakis commented that the goal is to keep high standards for the content included
in the journal. What is included in the journal is determined ultimately by a set
of peer reviewers. He added, “The SISJournal is a double-blind journal meaning the
peer reviewers do not know who the authors are; also, the authors do not know who
the peer reviewers are.” The universities represented in the journal include Rutgers
University, Southeastern Illinois College, Ball State University, and King University.
Articles in the second edition of the SISJournal include an editorial statement titled
“Al-Qaeda’s Trajectory: Consolidation or Decline?,” and five papers, “Al-Qaeda in
the Arabian Peninsula: Future Directions,” “Al-Qaeda’s Evolution: Then and Now,” “Al-Qaeda’s
Decline in the Post-9/11 Era,” “The New al-Qaeda: Decentralization and Recruitment,”
and “The US Africa Command: Security Assistance in the Fight Against al-Qaeda.”
The author of the article, “Al-Qaeda’s Decline in the Post-9/11 Era,” is Royce Nichols,
a senior at King University studying both Neuroscience and Security and Intelligence
Studies. On his inclusion in the second edition of the SISJournal Nichols commented,
“Having an academic publication as an undergraduate student provides me with a distinction
which is usually associated with at the graduate level. At upper level graduate schools,
it takes more than just good grades to get accepted. Having a publication shows that
you can answer complex questions with an in-depth and analytical mindset, thus making
you a valuable candidate for graduate research.
“When I first stepped foot on [King’s] campus, I did not realize the excellent opportunities
which King offers to help students pursue their professional goals. Being able to
participate in scientific research in King’s Neurotoxicology Lab has allowed me to
pursue career paths, which may not have been available otherwise. The SISJournal is
a study devoted to the topics of intelligence, terrorism, and international relations.
This provides a unique opportunity for valuable insight on topics which are so heavily
debated. To be offered such opportunities is truly remarkable,” added Nichols.
In July of 2013, the SISJournal was included on the Council on Undergraduate Research
(CUR) official list of student-run peer reviewed publications from other universities
such as Stanford, Notre Dame, Harvard, Yale, MIT, Univ. of Maryland, and Brown University.
“A major reason for the SIS Journal’s inclusion on CUR’s list is that it is the world’s
only student-led scholarly journal focusing exclusively on intelligence, security,
terrorism, geopolitics, and international relations. The SISJournal is among numerous
factors that have helped identify King as a leader in undergraduate security and intelligence
studies, not just in the United States, but around the world,” says Fitsanakis.
The second edition of the Security and Intelligence Studies Journal is available for
purchase at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1495343588/ for $7.54.
For more information about the SISJournal, visit http://sisjournal.king.edu/. To learn more about the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies, visit
http://kisis.king.edu or contact Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis at 423.652.6014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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