Call For Papers

The Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations
Volume XXII 2020-2021 Call for Papers
Theme: Crime and Corruption in the Age of Misinformation

Continuing a longstanding tradition of providing a platform for representatives across private, public, and nonprofit sectors to analyze contemporary issues in the field of international relations, the Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations is pleased to announce the call for papers for Volume XXII. The overarching theme of this years’ volume will revolve around crime and corruption in the age of misinformation. Volume XXII will address a number of emerging transnational trends that threaten the peace and stability of the international system. More specifically, this issue seeks to address the changing nature of traditional security threats in an increasingly interdependent, technologically advanced, and globalized world.

Across the world, the technological revolution has fundamentally changed the way information is disseminated and consumed. Disinformation campaigns have been leveraged to oppress and target minority groups in countries such as Myanmar and China. In response to claims of fake news and propaganda, governments around the world have tightened policies on internet accessibility. Facilitated by corruption, digital authoritarianism has taken hold in countries like Turkey, China, Russia, Egypt and Iran, as a pretext for mitigating the spread of propaganda. The coronavirus pandemic has strained conditions that enable the spread of dis/misinformation and digital authoritarianism by forcing people indoors, and online. The “new normal” has ushered in fundamental changes across economic, social, and political spheres, but it has also significantly altered how crime presents across borders.

Organized criminal groups have moved their business online, where they can deal in falsified documents, medical supplies and equipment, as well as other illicit goods that have grown in demand as a result of the global crisis. This years’ issue will seek to shed light on the emerging markets, opportunities, and trends brought on by onset of the COVID 19 pandemic which have been exasperated by crime, corruption, isolation, technology, and globalization. Examples of submission topics will range from digital authoritarianism, surveillance capitalism, digital dis/misinformation campaigns and their effect on the international community; to the changing landscape of transnational organized crime during an era of increased uncertainty, virtual dependence and isolation. Submissions on the role of tech companies, government officials and other relevant stakeholders which influence internet freedoms are also encouraged. Submissions should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words and are due 15th March 2021. For more information regarding submission requirements and deadlines, please visit our website or forward all inquiries to:

Nicole Kalczynski
The Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079

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