Call for Papers: ‘Counterterrorism’ and Human Rights, Twenty Years after 9/11

Two decades have passed since the attacks of 11 September 2001 in New York and other parts of the United States. Significant changes in international politics and several ‘wars on terror’ have since occurred, with – most likely – more yet to come.  These changes in the international political scene were mirrored to a substantial extent within academia, as ‘terrorism studies’ underwent a rapid expansion from being a minor subfield under security studies to an almost-standalone discipline in its own right. Degrees focusing on terrorism, from the bachelor to doctoral levels, have grown in popularity among students alongside a corresponding growth in funding from governments and institutions. An entire field of research on terrorism and counterterrorism, countering violent extremism (CVE), and preventing violent extremism (PVE) now exists, and will be staying with us for the foreseeable future.

Although terrorism studies and related fields have indeed undergone an evolution over the past two decades, critical studies show that there are serious epistemological, methodological, and political-normative issues in academic disciplines focused on terrorism. Within this context, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has become a focal point for scholars of terrorism as well as governments waging ‘wars on terror’, dating back to the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan in the months after  9/11 and its invasion of Iraq soon thereafter.

Under the theme ‘Counterterrorism and Human Rights, Twenty Years after 9/11’, Rowaq Arabi, a double-blind peer-reviewed journal specialised in human rights studies, calls for original research exploring critical approaches to the study of terrorism, counterterrorism, human rights violations, radicalisation and authoritarianism in the MENA region. Papers of 5000-7000 words should be submitted by email to no later than midnight of 23 May 2021. Submissions should consist of two separate files: an anonymised complete manuscript, and a cover page that has the manuscript’s title, author’s name and details, and a 150-word abstract. Articles with the most relevant content and of the highest quality will be selected and sent for peer-review. Once published, authors will be financially compensated for their contributions.

Rowaq Arabi suggests the following sub-topics for research, while welcoming other suggestions relevant to the main theme of this call:

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