Call for papers

Course Duration: 28/02/19
Application Date: - Feb 25, 2019


Call for Papers – Journal of African Peace and Security


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:

  • Peace support operations (including regional and global peacekeeping partnerships);
  • Conflict prevention, early warning and peacebuilding;
  • DDR, SSR, and Transitional justice;
  • African Peace and Security Architecture;
  • Countering violent extremism and radicalization;
  • Election-related violence;
  • Good governance, democracy and the rule of law;
  • Indigenous conflict management approaches;
  • Natural resource governance;
  • Negotiation and mediation;
  • Transnational organized crimes;
  • Maritime and cyber security;
  • Climate change, water and food insecurity; and
  • Gender, peace and security.

Deadline for submission of manuscripts is 28th February, 2019.

Submission Guidelines

  • Word limit for each chapter: 5000
  • Abstract word limit 200
  • Referencing style: Harvard


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

Manuscripts should comply with the following guidelines:

  • Papers are neither being considered for publication by another journal nor already published elsewhere;
  • Manuscripts are written in English in Microsoft Word;
  • Manuscripts are single-spaced, uses a 12-point font, Times New Roman.
  • Footnotes may be used to provide additional information but not for referencing.


Manuscripts should be sent to the Editors through the following email addresses: with and in copy.


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.