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Journal of International Peace and Organization – Issue 1–2/2021

The editors of the Journal of International Peace and Organization (“Die Friedens-Warte”) are pleased to invite abstracts and contributions in the journal’s first issue of volume 2021 (1–2/2021):

  1. Thematic focus issue 1–2/2021
  2. General articles
  3. Conference reports
  4. Book reviews
  5. Guest editorships

Kindly send your contribution (format: .docx, .rtf or, ideally, .doc) in German or English to by 15th February 2021 for a first review (manuscripts approx. 45,000 to 70,000 characters; also shorter submissions are welcome). For any further information please see our website

With regard to the thematic focus issue, different rules are in force:

Please send your first thematic ideas or outlines by 1st November 2020, articles between 35,000 and 45,000 characters long (including spaces) by 31st December 2020 to the guest editor:

I. Thematic focus issue 1–2/2021


Peace Research as a scientific discipline started decades ago. Nowadays, it can be studied even as a separate subject in many countries. Especially, Johan Galtung’s wide concept of violence and peace brought the academic breakthrough during the 1960s. Since then, a critical branch has been developed also in Germany. Associated names are for instance Dieter Senghaas and Ekkehart Krippendorff. But the younger generation seems to be not so familiar with the way- paving, partly epoch-making work of these (and other) pioneers. It seems that the critical wheel will be re-invented. At least, this was an impression within the Critical Peace Research Working Group of the German Association of Peace and Conflict Studies. Some of its members initiated a project which should make the pioneers’ critical work accessible at one glance, describe the disputes, and explain current relevancies. In this context, some contributions were already born.

On this base, the Friedens-Warte’s current thematic focus issue is built. But the journal widens the focus on such pioneers of peace research who are not part of its explicitly critical branch. Therefore, also contributions from other discourse contexts are welcome. By peace research, we understand each peace related scientific work – independent of the discipline in which it is located.

Articles should have a similar structure:

1. background of the person/the approach including the description of the pioneer achievement / 2. re-writing the chosen text(s) due to the wording / 3. points of criticism within the literature (if existing) and critical appreciation of the pioneering achievements / 4. topical relevance /
5. results.

Please take into account that the critical potential of the texts should be brought out.

The presented pioneers can be originated in different fields of study, for example:

  • critical peace research;
  • international law of peace;
  • peace pedagogy;
  • peace psychology;
  • historical peace research;
  • natural science based peace research

II. General articles

III. Conference reports

IV. Book reviews

The editors also accept general articles, conference reports and book reviews on any aspect of peace studies lying outside this issue’s focus until 15th February 2021 for the issue 1–2/2021.

V. Guest editorships

The Journal of International Peace and Organization (“Die Friedens-Warte”) is open to publish entire issues under guest editorship. Please contact one of the editors or the e-mail address with a concept for your own thematic focus or conference issue.

About the Journal of International Peace and Organization

Founded in 1899 by Alfred H. Fried, who was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Journal of International Peace and Organization is the oldest journal in the German-speaking world for questions regarding peace and international organization. In addition to serving as a forum for discussion within and between the disciplines of peace studies, the journal seeks to make a traditional contribution by imparting specialist knowledge to political practice, necessary for a policy of active peacebuilding. In line with the interdisciplinary character of peace studies, renowned national and international scholars from various disciplines express their views in the form of special contributions on current and fundamental topics of peace and conflict research in the Journal of International Peace and Organization.

Since at least the end of the East-West conflict, peace is no longer defined by the mere absence of interstate violence, but as a complex and multilayered concept that includes the conditions of non-violent coexistence. Today’s peace studies consider the dynamics and consequences of domestic violent conflicts, economic impoverishment, climate catastrophes as well as the threat of international terrorism and threats to the security of the individual. This broadening of the focus is accompanied by an expansion of the relevant disciplines: next to political sciences and the law, economics and natural sciences as well as social-psychological, sociological and social- anthropological analyses offer significant contributions to debates in peace studies. Peace studies have an explicit interdisciplinary character.

The Journal of International Peace and Organization (“Die Friedens-Warte”) is a refereed journal. Submitted articles are subject to a double-blind, external peer review process that decides whether they are accepted into the journal.

The editors

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas von Arnauld, Walther Schücking Institute for International Law, Christian Albrechts University Kiel
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Staack, Helmut Schmidt University/ University of the German Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV), Ruhr University Bochum
  • Dr. Charlotte Dany, Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate, University of Koblenz-Landau

The guest editor of the issue 1–2/2021

Dr. habil. Sabine Jaberg, Faculty of Politics, Strategy, and Social Sciences at the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College in Hamburg.

Organisation: Journal of International Peace and Organization (“Die Friedens-Warte”)
Deadline: 15/02/2021
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