Call for Papers: The Democracy Issue

In anticipation of its upcoming issue, the Journal of International Affairs is sponsoring a call for papers on the state of democracies and governance trends around the world.

The Journal of International Affairs is a leading peer-reviewed journal published by the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. The issue will focus on the growing influence of authoritarian regimes in the international order coupled with a weakening of democratic values in the West.

In particular, this issue aims to explore both sides of the democracy issue:

On one hand, the United States, a country that has for many years professed to be a vanguard for democratic principles, has grown complacent about its values, reflected in both its foreign and domestic policies. The same can be said of European countries that increasingly adopt more nationalist policies.

On the other hand, autocrats claim legitimacy through a perversion of the democratic electoral process (Russia, Turkey, Syria, Venezuela, Azerbaijan) but do not adhere to the standards that are expected of democratically elected leaders, offering instead promises of security and stability.

What is the future of people, institutions, and world order where shirking democratic values and practices is not just the new normal, but the predominant state of affairs?

The review committee welcomes all papers related to these topics.

Submissions are invited from academics and practitioners in international relations, political science, history, and related fields. Accepted papers will be peer reviewed, edited, and published in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue.

Submission Guidelines:

Proposals and abstracts are presently being accepted on a rolling basis.

Complete articles should be between 3,500 and 6,000 words in length (not including footnotes) and should adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Submitted articles must be original work written in an academic style and must not be drawn substantially from material previously published by the author.

Proposals, abstracts, and full-text articles with a short author biography (200-word limit) should be submitted via e-mail to the selection committee at sec2166@columbia.edu. Please include “JIA - Article Submission” in the subject line.

Contact Senior Editor Sarah Calderone (sec2166@columbia.edu) if you have any questions.