Call for Papers: Civil Resistance in Contexts of Armed Conflict

The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development (JPD) is a tri-annual refereed journal providing a forum for critical thinking and constructive action at the intersections of conflict, development and peace. JPD is calling for papers for the special issue Volume 12, Issue 3 to be published in December 2017. This issue will explore processes of civil (nonviolent) resistance against state and non-state armed groups in the context of violent conflict, including opposition to overt violence, political oppression, and socio-economic dispossession and injustice, among others.

Civilians have organized themselves to oppose armed groups in nonviolent ways in armed conflicts in places as diverse as Nepal, Colombia and Iraq. In doing so, some have prevented further violence or countered its effects, fostering new institutions and forms of order that can serve as the basis for local development and peacebuilding. Much has been written on civil resistance against authoritarian regimes and colonial powers. Yet, civil resistance in the context of armed conflict and against both state and non-state repressive actors is a relatively new topic of inquiry. Further, much emphasis has been placed on overt expressions of dissent, such as protests, while in this context resistance is often advanced covertly or indirectly. With this in mind, this special issue is mostly interested in, although not limited to, papers that analyse one or several of the following crucial dimensions of civil resistance in the context of armed conflict:

  • The incentives and contextual factors contributing to the emergence of civil resistance campaigns in contexts of armed conflict
  • The strategies, tactics, and methods used to advance civil resistance campaigns in armed conflict and how these vary within and across countries
  • The peacebuilding and development objectives and outcomes of civil resistance campaigns and how these vary within and across countries
  • The factors that contribute to the sustenance and resilience of civil resistance campaigns over time
  • The special issue aims to advance our understanding of the emergence, trajectories and outcomes of civil resistance campaigns against state and non-state armed actors, and address variation within and across conflicts. Although such campaigns can serve a wide variety of goals, this special issue gives prominence to their contributions to peacebuilding and development during and after armed conflicts.

Submission Guidelines

Articles submitted to the Journal should be original contributions and are subject to peer review. With occasional exceptions, the editors prioritize articles based on empirically grounded case studies. All submissions must link issues of peace and/or conflict with some aspect of development. Please indicate clearly if the article is under consideration by another publisher. Articles are read by the journal’s editors as well as by two to four outside reviewers (one or two for briefings). The following types of submissions will be considered:

  • Full articles: critical case studies and/or thematic discussion and analysis of topical peacebuilding and development themes, 7,000 word maximum, including references and endnotes
  • Briefings: discussions of 1) training, peacebuilding and intervention strategies and impact, 2) policy review/analysis, or 3) country briefings, 2,500 word maximum
  • Policy Dialogues: short policy briefings engaging two key topics on the international policy agenda: The New Deal on Engagement with Fragile States, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 2,500 word maximum
  • Book reviews: 1,000 word maximum for single reviews, 2,500 if multi-book review/analysis
  • Resources: notices of new books, reports, upcoming conferences, videos, e-communications and websites, 150 word maximum
  • Documents: declarations, communiqués, and other relevant NGO or multilateral organization statements, 1,000 word maximum.

Submission deadline: Authors are advised to send abstracts only by CfP deadline of 11 January 2017. They should be 250-500 words, and indicate if intention is a full article (7000 words) or briefing (2500 words). Full submissions that miss this deadline may be considered up until 28 February 2017 depending on space, and can still be referred to future issues. To submit: You will be required to open an account and upload your abstract as a new submission. You will be asked to submit your abstract in a text field (word limited), and are also required to submit a main document which should contain the following information: title; author contact details (mailing, phone, email); bio; keywords; full abstract. All submissions should be made on the T&F website:

All submissions should be made via the following site:, and in MSWord format. Any diagrams and maps should be submitted in .JPEG, .EPS or .TIFF format. Tables may appear in the text, but do not apply frames or tints. Copyright of articles published in the Journal rests with the publisher. For more information please visit the Instructions for Authors page and the Journal’s homepage.

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