Divergent Options is a non-revenue generating non-politically aligned national security website that does not conduct political activities.  In 1,000 words or less, we provide unbiased, dispassionate, candid articles that assess a national security situation, present multiple options to address the situation, and articulate the risk and gain of each option.  Please note that while we assess a national security situation and may provide options, we never recommend a specific option.

Below you will see a 2021 Call for Papers Schedule Our Call for Papers process is meant to motivate, not exclude.  If you are not interested in writing on these topics, we always welcome individual articles on virtually any national security situation an author is passionate about.  Please do not let our call for papers cause you to hesitate to send us your idea. We look forward to hearing from you!

Writing for Divergent Options:

We are very excited that you are interested in writing for Divergent Options!

Please send us your original, unpublished, un-submitted-elsewhere article, or participate in one of our Call for Papers below, by emailing us at:

At Divergent Options we write using a specified format.  Are you interested in assessing a national security situation and providing options to address it?  Then our Options Paper format is for you.  Are you interested in assessing a national security situation only?  Then our Assessment Paper is for you.  Are you a bit anxious?  Then check out our Writer Testimonial page.

Please note that a national security situation can be one that is externally focused e.g. what is Country X going to do about County Y or internally focused e.g. Country X should invest more in Y capability.

2021 Call for Papers Topics:

Topic:  Cold War Transferability of Lack Thereof

Call for Papers Begins:  January 2021

Call for Papers Ends:  Mid-February 2021

Publish Date:  Late-February 2021

Topic:  Organizing for Large Scale Combat Operations

Call for Papers Begins:  March 2021

Call for Papers Ends:  Mid-April 2021

Publish Date:  Late-April 2021

Topic:  Wargaming (In Partnership with the Georgetown University Wargaming Society)

Call for Papers Begins:  May 2021

Call for Papers Ends:  Mid-June 2021

Publish Date:  Late-June 2021

Topic:  Prevailing in Conflict Below the Threshold of War

Call for Papers Begins:  July 2021

Call for Papers Ends:  Mid-August 2021

Publish Date:  Late-August 2021

Topic:  Cyber Integration — Vertical and Horizontal

Call for Papers Begins:  September 2021

Call for Papers Ends:  Mid-October 2021

Publish Date:  Late-October 2021

Topic:  Social Media and National Security

Call for Papers Begins:  November 2021

Call for Papers Ends:  Mid-December 2021

Publish Date:  Late-December 2021