Call for Papers – Journal of African Peace and Security


Call for Papers – Journal of African Peace and Security


Although the incidence of civil war in Africa has over the last decade assumed a downward trend, threat to peace and security continue to rank prominently among the main challenges confronting states and societies on the continent. In many parts of Africa, political uncertainty appears to be giving way to order and predictability within the ongoing transition to liberal democracy. Yet, African people still grapple with multiple and diverse sources of insecurity that include (or can be traced to) armed conflict within states, extreme poverty, violent extremism and radicalization, peacebuilding failures, as well as environmental stresses and strains. While the African Union has evolved an African peace and security architecture, the organisation is not adequately equipped to address these challenges. What are the main sources of threat to peace and security in Africa and how are they connected? What steps can African states, the African Union, Africa’s regional mechanism as well as the United Nations take to ensure lasting peace and security on the African continent? What explains the failure of peacebuilding processes in Africa and how can they be addresses?

The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) is calling for manuscripts that respond to these and similar questions for publication in the second edition of its Journal of African Peace and Security. This annual 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 on (but not limited to) the following broad topics or themes:

  • Conflict and conflict prevention/resolution/management/transformation in Africa;
  • Peace-making, peace enforcement or peacekeeping in Africa;
  • Peacebuilding and post-war reconstruction in Africa (including SSR, DDR, transitional justice);
  • New and emerging security threats in Africa;
  • Gender and conflicts in Africa;
  • Maritime Security;
  • Pandemics and security;
  • Cyber security;
  • Transnational organised crime;
  • Violent extremism and terrorism and
  • related themes.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Word limit for each chapter:               5000

Referencing style:                               Harvard

Important Dates

Abstract submission:                             June 29, 2021.

Publishing of accepted abstracts:      July 16, 2021.

Manuscript submission:                       August 23, 2021.

Review process:                                      –

Final submission:                                   September 6, 2021


Referencing Style Guide

Please use in-text citation with references styled along the following guidelines:

Journal Article

Aning, K and Pokoo, J 2014, ‘Understanding the nature and threats of drug trafficking to national and regional security in West Africa’, International Journal of Security and Development, vol. 3, no. 1, p. 8


Clapham, C 1996, Africa and the international system: the politics of state survival, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Siebert, FS, Peterson, T and Schramm, W 1956, Four theories of the press, University of Illinois Press, Urbana.

Chapter of a book

Gaskell, G 2003, Attitudes, social representations and beyond, in: Deaux, K. and Philogene, G. (eds.) Representations of the social. Oxford: Blackwell.

Submission Checklist

Authors are to ensure that their manuscripts are:

  • As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines;
  • Neither being considered for publication by another journal, nor already published;
  • in Microsoft Word format;
  • single-spaced, with a 12-point font, Times New Roman. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines;
  • Manuscripts should be sent to the Editors through the following email address: with in copy.

If chosen, each contributor will receive an e-copy of the edition in which their article appears. No financial payments are, however, available.

Neither the Editorial Board nor the KAIPTC holds itself responsible for statements or opinions expressed in articles published in this journal.