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King University News :: King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies Releases Second Issue of SISJournal

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

“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 we received.”

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 for $7.54.

For more information about the SISJournal, visit  To learn more about the King Institute for Security and Intelligence Studies, visit or contact Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis at 423.652.6014 or


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