Special Issue "The Politics of Peace and Conflict"
A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2018).
Interests: peacebuilding and conflict prevention; the ethics and politics of nonviolence; Sri Lanka; comparative peace processes; NGOs in development
The politics of peace and conflict is an inter-disciplinary field of study, concerned with developing an understanding of the origins of violent conflicts and possibilities for their resolution and transformation, as well as the conditions for building sustainable peace. This requires skills in conflict analysis, as well as an understanding of different approaches to conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
The dynamics of war, armed conflict and political violence are constantly changing, from the geopolitics of the Cold War to “new wars” and intra-state violence, to transnational non-state groups, such as Al Qaeda and ISIS, and the interplay between local, regional and global dimensions of conflict. This affects the requirements of peace processes and the transition from violent conflict to sustainable peace, involving interaction between governments, civil society and multilateral organisations.
This Special Issue invites articles that will contribute new insights into the sources and dynamics of armed conflict and political violence, as well as efforts to resolve, transform and prevent such politically-motivated violence and achieve sustainable peace. A wide range of theoretical and empirical approaches to the topic are invited. This can incorporate critical reflections on specific conflicts as well as broader debates within peace and conflict theory. Possible themes include (but are not limited to) the normative dimension of peace, conflict and war (e.g., just war theory, pacifism), the contribution of religion to both conflict and peace, alternatives to political violence, such as nonviolent political action or civil resistance, and analysis of sources of war and the requirements of peace in terms of gender.Dr. Iain Atack
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- conflict resolution
- peace processes