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The Impact of Drones on the Human Right to Peace  Writer's Deadline: July 15, 2015
The Grassroots Response to Extractivism Writer's Deadline: October 15, 2015


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25th Anniversary of Peace Review

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Peace Review, issue 26(4) pursues the theme of the "State of the Peace & Justice Journals." That is, besides reviewing the history of our own journal, the issue highlights the work of all the journals of peace, human rights, and justice around the world. We have assessed 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 have publishing short essays from editors of peace and justice journals. For journals that did not submit essays, we did an inventory that produces a comprehensive snapshot of the entire field. Also included are short descriptions of each journal not represented by an essay.

We are excited to share and we encourage you to read the issue now and also widely share it. It has been made available to view with open access for the next few months.

View the Anniversary Issue HERE






The Impact of Drones on the Human Right to Peace


Under the guest editorship of Dr. Jeffrey Bachman, Professorial Lecturer in Human Rights and Co-Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs MA program at American University’s School of International Service, this issue explores the ways in which drones interfere with the right of affected populations to a peaceful existence.

On November 12, 1984, during its 39th session, the General Assembly passed resolution 39/11 and adopted the Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. The Declaration identified the intersection between the right to peace and fundamental human rights, stating that “life without war serves as the primary international prerequisite for the material well-being, development and progress of countries, and for the full implementation of the rights and fundamental human freedoms proclaimed by the United Nations.” In 2005, the General Assembly reaffirmed this tenet in resolution 60/163, which stressed that “peace is a vital requirement for the promotion and protection of all human rights for all.”

Though the United States is not the only country with drone technology, it is by the far the most aggressive employer of armed drones, as well as one of only two countries that use them. The dramatic expansion of their use in recent years outside of legally recognized warzones, notably Pakistan and Yemen, has resulted in growing calls from the United Nations and human rights organizations for greater transparency regarding the legal justification for the use of armed drones and the number of civilians killed. Further, the proliferation of use of armed drones has raised concerns that armed conflict, even if at a lower level of intensity than would be found in conventional warfare, will become a constant. As Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, concluded in his 2013 report on drones and the protection of the right to life:

The ready availability of drones may lead to States, where they perceive their interests to be threatened, increasingly engaging in low-intensity but drawn-out applications of force that know few geographical or temporal boundaries….Peace should be the norm, yet such scenarios risk making its derogation the rule by privileging force over long-term peaceful alternatives. The expansive use of armed drones by the first States to acquire them…can…set precedents that undermine the protection of life across the globe in the longer term.


Numerous reports have used the information available to them to document the number of innocent people wounded and killed by drones. Yet, the right to peace extends beyond one’s physical safety. The psychological effects of drones must also be considered. According to the Stanford-NYU report, Living Under Drones, the presence of drones “terrorizes men, women, and children, giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities. Those living under drones have to face the constant worry that a deadly strike may be fired at any moment, and the knowledge that they are powerless to protect themselves.”


Issue 27(4) of Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice is predominately dedicated to exploring the full extent to which drones adversely affect the human right to peace. Thus, we invite essays that offer varied interpretations of what it means to have a right to peace and how that right is impacted by drones. Interested writers should submit essays (2500-3500 words) and 1-2 line bio to Peace Review no later than July 15th, 2015. 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 Editor:

Jeff Bachman ( 


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



The Grassroots Response to Extractivism


Guest edited by Dorothy Kidd, Department of Media Studies, University of San Francisco and Anne Bartlett, BA in International Studies, University of New South Wales, Australia, this issue explores the ways that communities, citizens’ organizations and social justice movements are responding to the latest surge of mining and natural resource extraction throughout the world. 

Often called “neo-extractivism,” this global trend encompasses state and corporate policies and practices which are accelerating the exploitation of natural resources such as coltan and other rare minerals used in computers for the information and communication industries, gold, silver and diamonds as replacements for the dollar and other currencies, and zinc and copper for industrial expansion. Led in no small way by the actions of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, more than ninety countries have reduced or abolished foreign ownership restrictions, reduced taxes and environmental, labor and human rights regulations, and opened up low-cost investment opportunities for transnational companies. Complicating easy analyses, left-wing governments in Latin America such as Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil and Venezuela have also championed extractivist policies as essential to the restoration of national sovereignty, domestication of capital flows, and programs of income redistribution and public investment.

Nevertheless, host communities, many of them indigenous, are engaged in what are, with no exaggeration, bitter struggles over life and death, including rape, assaults and murders, environmental degradation, loss of control over local government, and long-standing ways of life. For example, in 2010, the Center for International Environmental Law reported numerous instances of private property destruction, forced displacement, death threats, arbitrary detention, and kidnapping and assassination related to mining conflicts in Central America. Global Witness documented 46 extra-judicial killings at mining sites in Peru, between 2002 and 2013; and Reporters without Borders stated that nine journalists who covered mining stories were murdered in Honduras between 2009 and 2013, with another eighteen deaths likely due to their reporting about mining. And, in 2011, James Anaya, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples reported so much harm from extractive industry activity around the globe that he dedicated his remaining term in office to the issue.

This special issue of Peace Review is not, however, focused solely on the negative impact. Instead, the issue intends to examine ways that communities and their allies are responding throughout South, Central and North America, India, Australia, Southeast Asia and Africa. Inventive campaigns include the sophisticated use of new communications, such as geospatial technologies to map the problem and the response, video documentaries to publicize local stories of resistance and renewal, and communications networks which ally local, indigenous, and environmental movements. New local, regional and transnational legal strategies are being used, in which communities are undertaking community referenda, people’s tribunals, and calls for changes in rich countries, such as Canada and the U.S. which would allow mining companies to be tried at home for violations abroad. Underscoring many of these interventions, indigenous organizations are challenging euro-centric ideas of capitalist development and nature, and asserting their own knowledges about human relations with the eco-system. Finally, this special issue will contend with future planning, examining community interest in alternative economic plans and ways to work with lands and resources in sustainable, labor and nature-centered ways.

This collection of essays welcomes submissions from both practitioners and academics from a broad range of disciplines. Topics may include – but are not limited to the consequences to local, national and regional patterns of production, trade and consumption; the impact on the environment, to indigenous communities, and to local systems of governance; the ways that communities and movements are organizing in response to major mining initiatives; intersectional responses (gender, race, class, rural, urban) to mobilization; the perspectives of indigenous communities in critiquing resource development and reimagining the future; regional and transnational legal strategies; and the use of face to face and mediated strategies of story-telling, and communication repertoires.

Interested writers should submit essays (2500-3500 words) and 1-2 line bio to Peace Review no later than 5:00PM PST on October 15, 2015.  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:

Dorothy Kidd ( and Anne Bartlett 

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


 Recent Peace Review Issues:

  • Spring 2015 (Vol 27, No 1) Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping
  • Winter 2015 (Vol 26, No 4) 25th Anniversary of Peace Review
  • 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.

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