Just Security will be on an abbreviated schedule the week of Dec. 26, returning with our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 3. As we look ahead to 2023, we have highlighted four themes we expect will be particularly salient in the coming year, with a selection of recent writing on these topics from authors at Just Security.

While 2022 saw its share of challenges and change, it was also a year of coming together, and we at Just Security are enormously appreciative of the way our community continues to grow. In 2022, five new Editors joined the team of thought leaders on Just Security’s Editorial Board, and existing Editorial Board members Matiangai Sirleaf and Rebecca Hamilton took on new roles as Executive Editors. New and returning authors contributed cutting-edge analysis, including authors bringing crucial perspectives from places around the world impacted by U.S. foreign policy. This year also saw the launch of the Just Security Podcast. And in 2022, an increasing number of articles have been made available in translation.

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Democracy and Anti-Authoritarianism

Heading into 2023, we naturally expect that democracy and authoritarianism will continue to feature prominently in the headlines. From questions of accountability and election protection in the United States, to the movement for democracy and rights in Iran, to global authoritarianism trends that intersect with other issues on our pages, these challenges will continue to drive big-picture questions about the future of the global order.

At Just Security, authors have named and assessed the risks of democratic backsliding while also leading the way on solutions-oriented analysis. Here’s a selection of some of what’s appeared in Just Security in the past year:

Russia’s War Against Ukraine

Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine will undoubtedly remain in the headlines in 2023, with the one-year mark of Russia’s full-scale invasion approaching on Feb. 24. President Zelenskyy said in his Dec. 21 speech to a joint session of Congress, “Next year will be a turning point, I know it.” Specific issues to follow in the coming year include developments in war crimes documentation, the application of international humanitarian law, and civilian protection; international justice, reparations, and accountability; and geopolitical consequences of the war for the global order – often, indeed, in ways that intersect with the issues of authoritarianism and democracy discussed above.

Earlier this year, Just Security launched a Russia-Ukraine War Archive, collecting and cataloging the articles we publish on these topics – now approaching 300, with many articles available in Ukrainian. Among these articles:

Content Moderation and Other Tech Policy Issues

Twitter’s ownership change grabbed headlines in 2022, and while the legal and policy implications of some of the company’s actions will undoubtedly play an important part in tech policy conversations in 2023, the recent drama also highlights broader, ongoing conversations about content moderation and platform governance, as social media companies otherwise seek to balance their role as widely used public forums with efforts to combat disinformation (including adversarial nation-state information operations) and prevent the spread of hate speech.

Expect content moderation to continue to feature prominently in 2023. On Just Security’s pages, expert authors have engaged with cutting-edge legal questions on governing content moderation – what our Editorial Board member (and Meta Oversight Board member) Julie Owono has termed the emerging “lex platformia” – and often inject a much-needed global perspective into tech policy conversations. More broadly, the struggle between authoritarian and democratic states for control over the structure of internet governance will be a pressing issue to watch in 2023.

Also on our radar in the tech policy world: artificial intelligence and cyber. New technologies and other developments in these domains present urgent questions at the intersection of regulation and ethics, privacy and cybersecurity, surveillance and encryption, counterterrorism, defense policy, and more.

Climate Change

The importance of climate change will only grow in 2023 – both as a critical national security issue on its own and intersecting with other questions of national and international defense, equity and justice, rule of law, and more. Themes to watch include mitigation and adaptation strategies; the intersection of climate change with geopolitics and conflict/peacebuilding; and legal options for holding climate contributors accountable, such as small island states’ efforts at the United Nations and International Court of Justice.

Some key resources from Just Security’s pages:

  • In recognition of climate change’s centrality to national security analysis, we launched a Climate Archive cataloging our coverage in easy-to-access (and rapidly-growing) categories such as energy security, geopolitics, human rights, and migration and displacement.
  • Tracking COP27: Notable Moments and Key Themes followed the climate negotiations and outcomes, and expert authors analyzed COP27 proceedings, including importantly what comes next.

Just Security’s climate coverage will continue to expand in 2023 and beyond, with voices from the most-affected communities and countries playing a central role.

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In the final few days of 2022, we turn again to an expression of thanks – to our amazing colleagues who help produce Just Security, to our authors who fill the pages with their minds and hearts, and to our readers for trusting in our work and analysis. Next year will mark Just Security’s 10 year anniversary. We begin it with deep appreciation for all who brought us to this point.

IMAGES (top left to bottom right): Tunisian protesters raise placards on July 22, 2022, during a demonstration along Habib Bourguiba avenue in the capital Tunis, against their president and the upcoming July 25 constitutional referendum (Photo by FETHI BELAID/AFP via Getty Images); A woman with a Ukrainian flag stands outside the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICJ) or Peace Palace on the first day of hearings on March 7, 2022 in The Hague The Netherlands (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images); On September 28, 2022, an internally displaced flood-affected family sits outside their tent at a makeshift tent camp in Jamshoro district of Sindh province (Photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP via Getty Images); The Twitter account of Elon Musk is displayed on a smartphone with a Twitter logo in the background on November 21, 2022. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)