The maintenance of peace and security in Africa remains a critical challenge. Although the magnitude of the challenge varies from country to country, African states are generally grappling with extraordinary sources of threats that undermine security at the levels of the state and the individual. Among these are civil wars and other forms of political strife, violent extremism and radicalization that culminate in terrorism, organized criminality in diverse forms, excruciating poverty and economic stagnation, environmental stresses and strains, pandemics such as HIV/AIDS and Ebola, as well as structural and gender-based inequities. Of these, armed conflicts within states, deriving invariably from bad governance and violent contestation for access to the political centre, remain the single most devastating. Often complex and protracted, these conflicts are usually marked by civilian victimization and institutional dislocations that lead to state collapse. Moreover, the conflicts and the violence in them are often difficult to mitigate without third-party interventions. The deployment of prompt and effective peacekeeping missions, however, remains one of the major issues facing the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs).
What are the dominant sources of threat to peace and security in Africa and how are they connected? How is the diffusion of low intensity conflicts shaping Africa’s security landscape? What can be done to silence the guns in Africa? What explains the failure of peacebuilding processes in Africa and how can they be addresses? What options can help strengthen resilience within and among communities? How can global-regional partnership in peacekeeping/peacebuilding be strengthened?
The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) is calling for manuscripts that respond to these and similar questions for publication in the second issue of the Journal of African Peace and Security. This biannual peer-reviewed journal is intended to serve as a forum for critical discourses around issues of African peace and security that are informed by theory, research and practice from diverse perspectives.
Submissions are cordially invited from interested scholars and practitioners on (but not limited to) the following broad topics or themes:
Deadline for submission of manuscripts is NEW 22th March, 2019.
Please use in-text citation with references styled along the following guidelines:
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Clapham, C 1996, Africa and the international system: the politics of state survival, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
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Gaskell, G 2003, Attitudes, social representations and beyond, in: Deaux, K. and Philogene, G. (eds.) Representations of the social. Oxford: Blackwell.
Manuscripts should comply with the following guidelines:
Each contributor will receive a copy of the edition in which their article appears. No financial payments are available.
Neither the Editorial Board nor the KAIPTC holds itself responsible for statements or opinions expressed in articles published in this journal.