Managing the Complexity of Contemporary Conflicts

Submission opening date: 1st August 2022


International conflict management research has long engaged the complexity of conflict, including the hostile relationships (or rivalries) involved, the ebb and flow of a (usually militarized) conflict, and the demand for and supply of various conflict managers (e.g., the United Nations) and strategies (e.g., mediation). More recently, however, scholars study this complexity in new and pathbreaking ways. What packages—whether combinations or sequences—of conflict management efforts prove most effective? What role does conflict management play in hybrid conflicts (i.e., cases where the conflict spills from military to non-military domains)? And how can actors manage conflicts with both an interstate and intrastate component, with particular attention to how progress along one dimension (e.g., the interstate level) affects progress along the other (e.g., the intrastate level)?
Notwithstanding the advancements made, the field needs still deeper engagement with the complexities of contemporary international conflict. This special issue therefore builds and expands upon the above questions, offering some answers and exploring novel avenues. Its contributors examine various conceptual and empirical considerations that affect the management of international conflicts (broadly defined). In doing so, each engages with some aspect of conflict complexity, using a broad definition of conflict. The goal is to understand better the conditions under which conflict management “succeeds,” to chart a path forward from any conceptual challenges posed to empirical study, and to ascertain where the field lacks sufficient insight about contemporary conflicts.

List of topic areas

The role of emotions in managing conflicts; Managing the post-conflict environment; Managing the interstate-intrastate nexus; The role of civil society in managing conflicts; Corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs, whether global or regional) as conflict managers; Conflict management and organized crime; Cyber tools in conflict management; Managing the cyber dimension of conflicts; The role of artificial intelligence in managing conflicts; Applying conflict management theories to contemporary conflicts (e.g., Ukraine 2022)

Guest Editors

Andrew Owsiak,
University of Georgia, USA,
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Sinisa Vukovic,
Johns Hopkins University, USA,
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Dan Druckman,
George Mason University, USA, Macquarie University, Australia & University of Queensland, Australia,
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Key deadlines

Opening date for manuscripts submissions: 01/08/2022

Closing date for manuscripts submission: 31/12/2022               

Closing date for abstract submission: 01/07/2022                                                 

Email for submissions: [email protected]