Publishes Open Access Articles
NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability publishes empirical and theoretical research, focusing on contemporary peace and conflict dynamics, including regional and international security, conflict resolution and violent extremism.
Since 2017, the aim of NJIPS has been to revivify understandings of contemporary peace and conflict dynamics through proactive engagement with emergent issue areas. 2022 marks a continuation of this tradition, as the fifth volume features themes ranging from the importance of ‘communication’ in informing the effectiveness of multidimensional United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UN PKOs), to the role of education in fostering social tolerance. Media and communication feature prominently in this year’s first issue of NJIPS, echoing the current crisis in liberal democratic governance concerning drastic changes in information-sharing ecosystems, and the parallel rise of extremist violence and insurgent mobilization. Of parallel interest is the role of education in promoting social tolerance; with teachers acting as key intermediaries in defusing extremist views and/or behaviors in social settings. Considering this, a selection of articles presented in this issue analyzes the role of media technologies in both conflict management and conflict escalation, citing such factors as anonymity and ease of access in shaping usage trends in specific contexts.
The issue begins with exploring the debate on the effectiveness of peacekeeping, analyzing a growing disconnect between the functional dynamics of on-ground missions and broader overarching principles/doctrine. The rise of multidimensional integrated missions is seen through the lens of civil-military coordination, with ‘communication’ conceptualized as a key process underlying the same. This is followed by a paper on the role of globalization in transforming the strategies, tactics, and overall activities of insurgent groups in the past two decades. The authors explore the impact of ‘globalization’ through such factors as increased technology, lowered transportation cost, and increased capital flow etc., and their impact on both insurgent movements and counterinsurgency operations. The third article explores the applicability of the concept of ‘far-right extremism’ in the context of Pakistan, examining the sociopolitical implications of increased electoral support for far-right political parties in the 2018 general election. Following this, a piece centered on education for sustainable development explores how promoting social tolerance within teacher education is a multi-layered process requiring attention at the policy level. The final article showcases a study on how social media may be employed for positive youth engagement within the liberal peace process, given the potential of social media to promote dialogue and collaborative problem-solving. This year’s issue also features an essay on the futility of UN peacekeeping in the case of Kashmir, analyzing the hurdles presented by fault lines, geopolitical complexities, and vested interests.
As always, we are grateful to our contributors for their cooperation throughout the editorial process. Together we hope this issue has the effect of better informing ongoing discussions on emergent trends in peace and conflict, in terms of both policy development and needed academic engagement.
Dr. Muhammad Makki
NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability