African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review

ACPR: African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review is an interdisciplinary forum for creative and rigorous studies of conflict and peace in Africa, and for discussions among scholars, practitioners, and public intellectuals in Africa, the United States, and other parts of the world. ACPR provides a wide range of theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives on the causes of conflicts and peace processes including, among others, cultural practices relating to conflict resolution and peacebuilding, legal and political preventative measures, and the intersection of international, regional, and local interests and conceptions with conflict and peace.

Journal Details

  • Frequency: semiannually
  • ISSN: 2156-695X
  • eISSN: 2156-7263
  • Keywords: African Diaspora, African Studies, Ethics, Human Rights, Humanitarianism, International Cooperation, International Studies, Military Operations, Peacemaking, Political Science
  • First Issue: Volume 1, number 1 (2011)

Additional Information

Editorial Details

Editorial Office Contact Information
Abu Bakarr Bah
Department of Sociology
Northern Illinois University
Department of Sociology
DeKalb, IL 60115, USA

Founding Editors
  • Abu Bakarr Bah
  • Mark Davidheiser
  • Tricia Redeker Hepner
  • Niklas Hultin
  • Jennifer Yanco
  • Abu Bakarr Bah, Northern Illinois University
  • Niklas Hultin, George Mason University
Managing Editor
  • David Hurlbut, Boston University, Boston
Contact Addresses
  • Niklas Hultin
    Global Affairs Program
    George Mason University
    4400 University Drive MSN 6B4
    Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
    Email: Phone: 703-993-5778 Fax: 703-993-1244
  • Caroline Johnson
    Director, West African Research Association (WARA)
    African Studies Center, Boston University
    232 Bay State Road
    Boston, MA 02215
    Email: Phone: 617-353-8902
International Editorial Board
  • Wale Adebanwi, Oxford University
  • Eugenie Aw-Ndiaye, West African Research Center, Dakar, Senegal
  • Sandra Barnes, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham
  • Poorvi Chitalkar, Global Centre for Pluralism
  • Rosalind I. J. Hackett, University of Tennessee
  • Tricia Redeker Hepner, University of Tennessee
  • Timothy Longman, Boston University
  • Daniel Rezene Mekonnen, Tilburg University
  • Stephen Ndegwa, World Bank
  • Ebenezer Obadare, University of Kansas
  • Brett O'Bannon, DePauw University
  • Cyril Obi, Social Science Research Council, New York
  • Kenneth Omeje, United States International University, Nairobi
  • Ismail Rashid, Vassar College
  • Jean-Jacques Sene, Chatham University
  • Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, Northumbria University
  • Ian Spears, University of Guelph
  • Mats Utas, The Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden
  • Leonardo Villalón, University of Florida
  • I. William Zartman, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

Submission Info

Manuscripts for consideration should be submitted to the journal's online submission system.

ACPR accepts submissions for the following kinds of works: i) Scholarly Research Articles, ii) Briefings, iii) Photo Essays (i.e. photos plus text); iv) Multimedia (i.e. audio and/or video plus text), and v) Book and Film Reviews.

Manuscripts submitted to ACPR should not have been previously published in a journal or by a press. Multimedia submissions should not be under the copyright of another organization. Works submitted to ACPR should also not be currently under review elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for all copyrighted materials reproduced in their submission. Authors are expected to adhere to the standards for intellectual property rights and plagiarism, and authors assume full responsibility for the content of their submissions.

Submissions should be in English. All submissions are double blind peer reviewed. The names and affiliations of authors must be removed from the main document/file. Author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s) must be on a separate cover page. The cover page should include contact information, title of the paper, and a total word count (or size of the file for audios/videos/images). Authors should submit a short biography (100 words).

All manuscripts must be formatted according to the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines. Also see the ACPR style guidelines here.

Manuscripts must be double-spaced with one inch margin on all sides. They should use a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) in a size of at least 10 pts. They should be submitted in a MS Word compatible format such as .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF.

Manuscripts submitted for publication as Scholarly Research Articles should be 8,000 to 10,000 words (including all notes and references), plus an abstract (100 to 150 words). Manuscripts must meet the academic research standards of works published in scholarly journals.

Manuscripts submitted for publication as Briefings should be 4,000 to 5,000 words (including all notes and references), plus an abstract (50 to 100 words). They should offer something of potential value to scholars, policymakers, or practitioners in our field or related ones (e.g., useful reflections, findings, best practices, etc.). The Briefings series offers some flexibility to authors and the editors, but it is anticipated that submissions will fall under the following categories:

i) critical and/or analytical commentaries on current or recent events, policy issues, current or pending legislation, legal cases or treaties, or anything topically relevant

ii) analytical reports on conferences/workshops/conventions/symposia/meetings (NB: While some straightforward descriptions are acceptable, Briefings are not to be mere summaries of events. Authors should emphasize details/findings/lessons/material that others may find useful.)

iii) analytical reports from participants or directors of training events or projects. ACPR blends theory and practice to advance both scholarship and applied work. Findings or lessons learned from training sessions or actual practice (e.g., peacebuilding projects, encounter groups, etc.) are therefore very welcome, and such submissions should be encouraged, particularly since most people will not realize that they may submit such material.

iv) research papers or archival analyses that are shorter or less robust than standard research articles

v) participant reflections from trainings based on research.

Briefings do not require original research data, but they should have some innovative or fresh component, such as a unique or original perspective or set of ideas. They are typically shorter than the scholarly research papers, do not include as many citations, and should be written in a clear and straightforward style.

Photo essays and multimedia works will be included in the print and/or on electronic version of the journal. Photo essays and multimedia submissions can be descriptive or analytical discussions and/or illustration of events, themes, and issues. They should be intellectually stimulating, aesthetically engaging, and, ideally, suitable for teaching. Please contact Niklas Hultin, and cc to for detail on file format and size.

All general questions about ACPR and timelines should be sent to the managing editors: or


Book and film reviews should be 1,000 to 1,500 words (including all notes and references). Please include all bibliographical information about the book or film at the head of the review. If you would like to review a book or film, please contact Niklas Hultin, and cc to

Publishers and producers interested in having their works (books and films) reviewed in ACPR should mail a copy of the book or film to:

Dr. Niklas Hultin
Assistant Professor
Global Affairs Program
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, 6B4
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-5778

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