Aims and Scope
The NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability (NJIPS) is a peer-reviewed bi-annual academic journal devoted to research and analysis pertaining to contemporary peace and conflict dynamics worldwide. NJIPS welcomes submissions (in the form of research articles, research essays, and book reviews) and covers a wide range of issues that constitute the field of peace and conflict, including peacekeeping, armed conflict and peacebuilding, regional and international security, conflict resolution, and violent extremism and terrorism.
Aiming to provide research-based knowledge through the scholarly papers written by national and international authors, NJIPS is committed to publishing original and timely research from around the world. It aims to provide a platform for academic discussion and debate over multifaceted issues and topics and, therefore, encourages contributions from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. The journal is particularly committed to advance scholarship oriented towards both scholarly and practitioner audiences, in order to emerge with pragmatic perspectives and policy recommendations.
With its recent issue published on January 25, 2021, the NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability (NJIPS) enters its fourth year of publication. It would not have been possible to achieve this feat without the continuous support and encouragement of our Editorial Director Brig. (r) Imran Rashid. I shall also not let go of this opportunity without applauding all the contributors and the editorial team members who together — with their diligence and meticulousness — make this journal a reality.
At this moment in time, I, as the Editor-in-Chief, wish to share with you my thoughts about NJIPS and its developing role in the ever-changing peacebuilding dynamics. It also provides me with an opportunity to elaborate on some of the recent developments pertaining to global hegemony that have a crucial role to play in peacebuilding at large, and how it has not escaped the notice of our scholarly community.
Here, I briefly introduce the reputable and distinguished authors to you and their contribution to this issue of NJIPS. These authors have their expertise lying in different research domains, including peace and conflict studies, international relations, sociology, mass communication, and strategic studies. In the scholarly articles presented in this issue, the authors present case studies that respond to eminent thinkers’ ideas in the field of Peacekeeping, Military Diplomacy, Armed Conflicts, Inter-State Relations, and political tolerance.
Waseem Ishaque, Verda Ahmed, Sufian Ullah and Zeeshan Hayat, Fareeha Sarwar and Uzma Siraj, Syed Rashid Ali, Nizar Ahmad and Paghunda Bibi, Musharaf Zahoor and Najma Sadiq have all made significant contributions to this issue of the journal and presented the scholarly debates and perspectives on quite pertinent matters. I welcome you to follow these authors as they investigate and analyze different aspects of your academic interest.
I was personally moved by the critical analysis of the factors contributing to the political tolerance in the Pakhtun society that has been presented by Syed Rashid Ali, Nizar Ahmad, and Paghunda Bibi in their article “Mapping Political (In)Tolerance in the Pakhtun Youth of Pakistan”. This article explores the factors that have a significant contribution to the levels of political tolerance in society and analyzes the variables that have played a significant role in impacting the level of tolerance in the Pakhtun youth.
Another interesting article “Intervention Brigades in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and Challenges Posed to International Humanitarian Law”, written by Verda Ahmed, discusses the role of intervention brigade through the case study of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It also explores the possibility of attaining peace through policies rather than force. The article aims to fulfill the literature’s prevailing gap by focusing on evaluating UN peacekeeping missions’ sustainability.
Peacekeeping has also grabbed the attention of Waseem Ishaque who has written on the evolving trends in peacekeeping by discussing the hybrid peacekeeping operations of the United Nations and the African Union in the form of UNAMID in Darfur.
As far as the regional security dynamics are concerned, the article by Sufian Ullah and Zeeshan Hayat discusses India’s role as the Net Security Provider in the Indo Pacific Region and its implications for the region. The article also aims to explore the Asia-Pacific strategy of the United States, which was termed as the Indo-Pacific strategy by the Trump administration.
Also placing itself within the domain of regionalism, “Afghan Peace Process: Regional Complexities and the Role of China”, by Fareeha Sarwar and Uzma Siraj, presents a prognostic analysis that focuses on the different facets of conflict resolution in Afghanistan, with a specific focus on the interests of Pakistan and China along with the other regional players.
Lastly, the final article in this issue, “Media and Armed Conflicts: An Overview”, presents a general understanding of how the media (both print and electronic) have interacted with the armed conflicts in the past and how the nature of this interaction has evolved over time, particularly with the advancement in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the increasing usage of the social media platforms.
Briefly introducing to you the six articles entailed in this issue, I express my hope that you will join us in this scholarly venture by becoming a part of the academic debate surrounding these topics and encouraging the growth of opportunities not only for the researchers but also for the actors involved in drafting policies. I also hope you will help us move forward and improve ourselves by providing your constructive feedback.
Thank you for your interest in the NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability. I welcome you to contribute to our journal through your academic writings as well as comments and critique.
Dr. Muhammad Makki
NUST Journal of International Peace & Stability