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For a Special Issue on

Regional perspectives on a nuclear weapons ban

Manuscript deadline
15 January 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. Leonardo Bandarra, German Institute for Global and Area Studies
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Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen, German Institute for Global and Area Studies
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Regional perspectives on a nuclear weapons ban

Under the guest editorship of Dr. Leonardo Bandarra, Associate at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and Senior Research Associate at the Middle East Treaty Organization, and of Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen, Lead Research Fellow at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice 36(2) invites essays for a special issue addressing Regional Perspectives on a Nuclear Weapons Ban.

We welcome submissions for a special issue that explores how regional politics shape global nonproliferation and disarmament politics. Banning nuclear weapons is an international ambition at the core of most disarmament and nonproliferation initiatives. This ambition gained new momentum with the Treaty on the Prohibition of nuclear weapons (TPNW) in 2017. With the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of nuclear weapons (NPT), in 2022. Supporters of the TPNW argue that it fills a normative gap that has allowed the continued existence of nuclear arms. Its critics find that it does not create the conditions for a global zero, and they call instead for a commitment to a phased approach to nuclear disarmament. Likewise, the NPT has been under pressure over the last decades, illustrated by the impasses during the 2005 and 2015 review conferences. Divergent positions towards the TPNW and the NPT bring to light different approaches to nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, the growing gaps between regional security structures, and the shifting role of other actors—from governments to civil society in defining those structures. Policymakers, negotiators, activists, and scholars continue to diverge on the appropriate means to achieve a global ban on nuclear weapons, and those divergences vary significantly across different regions.

General themes that contributors can address in their essays include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The intersections between Area Studies, Comparative Research, and Global Studies in Nonproliferation and Disarmament studies;
  • Regional Perspectives towards the TPNW and the NPT (e.g., from Africa, Asia-Pacific, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, South Asia, the Middle East);
  • The impact of different regional security environments in the establishment of a global norm banning nuclear weapons;
  • Regional-based solutions and approaches to a nuclear weapons ban;
  • The impacts and consequences of a nuclear weapons ban to regional security structures;
  • Transnational and regional-based activism on nuclear nonproliferation and Disarmament;
  • Regional powers and global international power competition in nuclear politics;
  • Regional tendencies that facilitate or block the assimilation of global norms associated to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

Submission Instructions

Essays keen to be considered for inclusion in this special edition should be uploaded to the Peace Review Portal on the Taylor and Francis Peace Review Journal website no later than January 15, 2024

Submission Instructions

Essays keen to be considered for inclusion in this special edition should be uploaded to the Peace Review Journal website no later than January 15, 2024.

Peace Review accepts the following types of articles: Essay, Review, Interview, Collection, Oration.

Articles should be submitted via the journal online portal and utilize the Taylor & Francis Citation style and Journal WORD Template.

  • Essays:  2500–3500 words, excluding references.
  • Reviews: 3000-3500 words, excluding references.
  • Interviews: 1200-1500 words, including context
  • Collections: 1800-2000 words + 3-5 photos or images, excluding references
  • Oration: 3–5-minute audio file + transcription, accompanied by a written introduction/analysis of 800-1000 words
  • GRAPHICS: an individual, copyright compliant graphic (map, picture, photo etc.) counts as 250 words toward the word count.

Content Questions
Expression of Interest and questions to the guest editor are welcome and may increase the chance of publication. Please direct content-based questions or concerns to the guest editors:

Leonardo Bandarra: [email protected] 

Miriam Prys-Hansen: [email protected]

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