Vol. 10 No. 1 (2023): Pax et Bellum Journal
Our Journal has finally reached the threshold of its 10th edition. For the past nine years, we have offered opportunities to students to contribute to the world of peace and conflict studies by proposing new perspectives and ideas, challenging existing ones, and finding out patterns and mechanisms that shape our societies and the dynamics of violence. As we embark on a journey of editions going into several digits, we have transformed the functioning of the Journal to involve more students. Thus, we now work with two rounds of blind reviewing with different reviewers, before a final round conducted by our editorial board. Our hope is that the Journal can also function as a catalyst to get students more involved in academia, providing fertilisers for young scholars to grow the seeds that will raise our common understanding of the dynamics of our world. In this edition, our authors have accosted a variety of subjects. Olivia Rehnström re-imagined truth-seeking and truth-telling mechanisms to improve their effectiveness in reconciliation. Lucas Tamayo Ruiz showed how trauma, and the control of the narrative by the victims, could be turned into a mechanism for conflict resolution. Continuing on a more low-level approach, Sunniva Tveitnes Homme compared intersectional identities and their impact on the practice of land-grabbing in the Philippines and Indonesia, which can be considered as a form of non-violent conflict. Non-violent conflicts whose successes Jonas Holmberg analysed as having been declining in recent years because of a decrease in mobilisation. Building up on the importance of mobilisation, Robert Andersson looked into the impact of progovernmental government violence on electoral outcomes. Finally, Timothy Lyon explored the role of gender in radicalisation and de-radicalisation, focusing on Boko-Haram in Nigeria.
On behalf of the Pax et Bellum Journal’s Editorial Board, I hope that our authors’ contributions to our field prove themselves useful and valuable to you.