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Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Writer's Deadline: October 15, 2014
Gender, Genocide, and Climate Change Writer's Deadline: January 15th, 2015


Off-Theme Essays, Peace Profiles, Book Reviews, Recommended Films, Film Reviews, Interviews. Writer's Deadline: Rolling
Relevant topics include war, violence, human rights, political economy, development, culture and consciousness, the environment, gender, race, sexuality and related topics.


Send Submissions to: Managing Editor, Erika Myszynski (




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 REMINDER: As of February 2012, Taylor and Francis has switched policies and no longer sends each author a pdf version plus a hard copy of the journal. Instead, each author will receive 50 free “Eprints” of their article, and the option to order hard copy issues and reprints through the Rightslink website







 25th Anniversary of Peace Review

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Peace Review, our next issue will pursue the theme of the "State of the Peace & Justice Journals." That is, besides reviewing the history of our own journal, the issue will highlight the work of all the journals of peace, human rights and justice around the world. We want to assess where we've been, and what we've accomplished, as journals dedicated to exploring and promoting peace. What have we done well, what could we do better, and what impact has our writing, research and editing had for promoting a more peaceful world?

We'll pursue this by considering and publishing short essays from editors of peace and justice journals. And for journals not submitting essays, we'll do an inventory that will produce a comprehensive snapshot of the entire field. For that, we will accept and publish short descriptions of each journal not represented by an essay.



Call for Essays:

Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping

Under the guest editorship of Dr. Rachel Julian, Lecturer in Peace Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, and Dr. Christine Schweitzer, co-founder of the “Institute for Peace Work and Nonviolent Conflict Transformation” ( and, this issue explores the development of Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping.

Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping (UCP) is about protecting people living and working in areas affected by violent conflict --- to prevent violence and reduce the impact of violence against civilians, and to increase the safety and security of civilians threatened by violence.

The protective actions may involve human rights defenders or community leaders needing accompaniment, or peacekeepers being a visible presence at a meeting, patrolling an area, or creating new opportunities to discuss and meet, but whichever actions are used there are two consistent factors in its approach. First, it uses nonviolent power and tactics that enable civilians to protect one another from violence, and second it makes space for local people to develop their ideas for long-term peace and security.

It is a unique role that civilians play in a violent situation. It involves trained civilians working with local people to address the problems and challenges that they face. They can be creating a safe space where local people will have the opportunity and time to make decisions and build the networks they need in order to achieve the changes they want. It is an initiative made up of slow incremental steps, of building trust, strengthening relationships, and becoming visible.

The field is now over thirty years old, with NGOs such as Peace Brigades International and Nonviolent Peaceforce having projects across the world as well as governmental bodies, such as the EU and OSCE, organizing civilian missions. There is much to debate and discuss.

Over the thirty years the methods, activities, and theory has developed through practice and reflection, and the focus on the protection of civilians has expanded to include humanitarian and development as well as those directly experiencing violent conflict. UCP is having an impact, and we wish to understand more about how it works, where it works, and why it works.

We invite essays and case studies that explore the theoretical and practical development of UCP, its relationship to other agencies and frameworks, and how challenges are identified and managed. We welcome essays that are both reflective of the process thus far and/or look forward to new opportunities. Interested writers should submit essays (2500-3500 words) and 1-2 line bios to Peace Review no later than October 15th, 2014. Essays should be jargon- and footnote-free, although we will run Recommended Readings. Please refer to the Submission Guidelines.

We publish essays on ideas and research in peace studies, broadly defined. Essays are relatively short (2500-3500 words), contain no footnotes or exhaustive bibliography, and are intended for a wide readership. The journal is most interested in the cultural and political issues surrounding conflicts occurring between nations and peoples.

Please direct content-based questions or concerns to Guest Editors:

Dr. Rachel Julian ( &
Dr. Christine Schweitzer (

Send Essays to:
Robert Elias (Editor in Chief)
Erika Myszynski (Managing Editor)
Subject Line: UCPK


    Recent Peace Review Issues:


  • Fall 2014 (Vol 26, No 3) Philosophies of Peace & War
  • Summer 2014 (Vol 26, No 2) Migrants & Cultures of Hospitality
  • Spring 2014 (Vol 26, No 1) Nonviolent Movements
  • Winter 2014 (Vol 25, No 4) Climate Change and Peace
  • Fall 2013 (Vol 25, No 3) Occupy Movements and the Indignant Figure
  • Summer 2013 (Vol. 25, No 2) The Psychology of Warmaking
  • Spring 2013 (Vol 25, No 1) Projecting Peace
  • Winter 2013 (Vol 24, No 4) Can Cyprus be Solved?
  • Fall 2012 (Vol 24, No 3) Children in Armed Conflicts
  • Summer 2012 (Vol 24, No 2) General Issue
  • Spring 2012 (Vol 24, No 1) Human Rights Education Praxis
  • Winter 2012 (Vol 23, No 4) Cambodia's Genocide and Tribunals
  • Fall 2011 (Vol 23, No 3) Prisons, Social Justice, and Peace
  • Summer 2011 (Vol 23, No 2) The Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Vanquished War, A Consolidating Peace?
  • Spring 2011 (Vol 23, No 1) Toward a More Socially Responsible Psychology
  • Winter 2011 (Vol 22, No 4) Inequalities in the World System
  • Fall 2010 (Vol 22, No 3) Memorializing Space
  • Summer 2010 (Vol 22, No 2), U.S. Military Bases Abroad
  • Spring 2010 (Vol 22, No 1), The New Arms Race in Space
  • Winter 2010 (Vol 21, No 4) Special Topics
  • Fall 2009 (Vol 21, No 3) Post-Genocide Rwanda
  • Summer 2009 (Vol 21, No 2) Imaging War
  • Spring 2009 (Vol 21, No 1) Hybrid Political Orders and Peacebuilding
  • Winter 2009 (Vol 20, No 4) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Fall 2008 (Vol 20, No 3) Citizenship & Social Justice
  • Summer 2008 (Vol 20, No 2) Darfur
  • Spring 2008 (Vol 20, No 1) Literature, Film & Human Rights
  • Winter 2007 (Vol 19, No 4) Academic Repression & Human Rights
  • Fall 2007 (Vol 19, No 3) Environmentalism
  • Summer 2007 (Vol 19, No 2) The Concept of War
  • Spring 2007 (Vol 19, No 1) Land Rights & Conflict
  • Winter 2006 (Vol 18.4) Democracy, Torture and Double Standards/ Global Women's Rights Forum/ Art as Witness
  • Fall 2006 (Vol 18, No 3) Nonproliferation and Disarmament
  • Summer 2006 (Vol 18, No 2) Military Dissent
  • Spring 2006 (Vol 18, No 1) Human Rights in the Americas
  • Winter 2005 (Vol 17, No 4) War and Peace in the Media
  • Summer & Fall 2005 (Vol 17, No 2 & No 3) Globalization & LGBT (Double-issue)
  • Winter 2005 (Vol 17, No 1) Psychological Interpretation of War
  • Winter 2004 (Vol 16, No 4) Underground Youth Movements
  • Fall 2004 (Vol 16, No 3) Law and War
  • Summer 2004 (Vol 16, No 2) Asian American Issues
  • Spring 2004 (Vol 16, No 1) Women and Security
  • Winter 2003 (Vol 15, No 4) Patriotism
  • Fall 2003 (Vol 15, No 3) Ubantu - Humane Solutions from Africa
  • Summer 2003 (Vol 15, No 2) Artists of Resistance
  • Spring 2003 (Vol 15, No1) Israel and Palestine
  • Winter 2002 (Vol 14, No 3) Immigration
  • Fall 2002 (Vol 14, No 3) Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • Summer 2002 (Vol 14, No 2) - Utopias
  • Spring 2002 (Vol 14, No 1)- The Future of Peace Studies
  • Winter 2001 (Vol 13, No 4) - The Death Penalty
  • Fall 2001 (Vol 13, No 3) - Social Justice Movements and the Internet
  • Summer 2001 (Vol 13, No 2) - Literature and Peace
  • Spring 2001 (Vol 13, No 1) - Contested Society in Northern Ireland

For a list of authors and essays from these and other issues, please look at the list of all essays.

Some Reviews of the Journal:

2007 Utne Independent Press Award Nomination for International Coverage

Peace Review is included in the nominees for the magazine’s 2007 Independent Press Awards, which honors the very best in independent media from the pool of more than 1,300 sources Utne uses to cull its content.

Project Censored Award Winner, 2000

For the year 2000, Peace Review was awarded Project Censored's Top 25 Most Censored Stories for not merely one but two of its essays. Both articles were rated in the Top 14 Stories, and both of which appeared in the June 1999 issue.

"Peace Review is absolutely superb . . . very topical, easy to read . . . a pleasure." Johan Galtung, Institute for Peace, University of Hawaii, USA

". . . unswervingly honest in attacking power politics, totalitarianism, militarism, and war . . . For libraries that support studies of peace, war, military science, and international relations." Choice, November 1989

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"Peace Review is important and has widespread potential for the education of the general public about peace research." Robin Crews, Past Director, Peace Studies Association, USA