The Arab region continues to confront the same fundamental challenges that had set off its revolts more than a decade ago. In fact, the challenges of political and economic development and national integration have grown so much so that they have even reached Tunisia—the exception among first-wave states—and the concept of the nation-state itself has been thrown into doubt in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and Sudan. These developments potentially carry the gravest human rights implications since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was issued in 1948.
Throughout the last decade, war crimes and crimes against humanity—once exceptions seen in this or that Arab country—have been normalised. The region has become an open arena for armed interventions by Iran, Turkey, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, and paramilitary mercenaries sponsored by Russia, Turkey, and the UAE. Military interventions launched by Israel and the United States before the Arab Uprisings continue as well, with a marked and ongoing expansion of Israel’s influential role in supporting authoritarian regimes in the Arab region.
Rowaq Arabi, a peer reviewed journal dedicated to human rights studies, is soliciting research papers exploring topics of transformations in both authoritarianism and in the resilience of human rights in the region for a special issue. The journal calls for the submission of papers containing original research (in Arabic or English) drawing on interdisciplinary approaches in social sciences, humanities, and law. Papers of between 5,000 and 7,000 words should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight on 2 October 2022 (CET). The papers should be submitted in two files: an anonymised full manuscript, without the author’s name, preceded by a 150-word abstract, and a separate cover page including the paper title, author’s name, affiliation, and paper abstract, all along with the author’s CV. The best, most relevant papers will be sent to blind peer-reviewing. Authors of approved manuscripts will receive financial remuneration upon publication. Papers that do not follow Rowaq Arabi’s style guidelines—available here—will not be considered for peer-reviewing.
Rowaq Arabi suggests the following research subtopics and welcomes other proposals salient to the main theme:
- The nature of authoritarianism in the Arab region and the transformations it has undergone in the past decade.
- The nature of military dictatorships in the Arab region and the ‘new’ structures of civilian-military relations in Egypt, Algeria, and Sudan.
- Lessons to be learned for democrats in the Arab region from the failure of democratic transition in Tunisia.
- Explorations on the failure of political and social protest movements emerging in the two waves of Arab Uprisings in regards to forming effective political parties and articulating programmes responsive to economic and political issues.
- Islamist and secular political parties in the Arab region in light of mounting identity-based struggles and sharp polarisation around ‘social values’.
- Challenges to managing religious, cultural, and ethnic diversity in the Arab region and the concept of the unified nation-state.
- Impacts of economic, political, and military cooperation with Russia and China on human rights in the Arab region.
- New transformations in the mechanisms of civil society organisations in the Arab region facing human rights violations.
To read more about Rowaq Arabi, its history in print since 1996 and its ongoing online transition, in addition to its publication guidelines, please refer to this link.
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