J-PAND Special Issue Call for Papers

  • Apr 11, 2018

J-PAND Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: October 2018

Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament (J-PAND) wishes to call for papers for Special Issue.


1. Is the NPT still relevant?

Given the deteriorated US-Russia relations, renewed role of nuclear weapons in the US Nuclear Posture Review under the Trump administration, and Russian President Putin’s declared appetite for fortifying nuclear forces, there seems to be no prospect of nuclear disarmament in the foreseeable future. Both the US and Russia underestimate growing frustration of the majority of non-nuclear weapons states, a driving force behind the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, at the lack of political will on the part of the nuclear-armed US and Russia to fulfill their obligation to nuclear disarmament stipulated in Article 6 of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). Both countries do not even appear to take into account a possibility that an eventual failure of the 2020 NPT Review Conference could be a hard blow to their own national security.

Against this background, J-PAND editors wish to call for papers on questions that may include (but not be limited to) the following.

  • The hopes of nuclear disarmament has suffered a severe setback even after the NPT entered into force. Can trust put in Article 6 of the NPT survive under the current situation?
  • Is there any way to break the stalemate that is considered to be most severe in half-a-century long history of nuclear disarmament? If any, what can be a breakthrough?
  • If this stalemate persists, what will happen in the future?
  • Is the era of nuclear disarmament centered on the US and Russia coming to an end?
  • What can and should non-nuclear weapons states do in and out of the NPT, when Article 6 of the NPT is in the deepest trouble?

2. DPRK Nuclearization

More than a decade has passed since the DPRK went nuclear. While many are concerned with how to make the seemingly defiant country give up its nuclear arsenals, some others have already begun to accept it as a de facto “nuclear weapons state” lest its leader Kim Jong-un jump to nuclear use out of desperation. In this context, J-PAND editors wish to call for papers on questions that may include (but not be limited to) the following.

  • Why has the DPRK refused to abandon its nuclear weapons?
  • In what sense does DPRK’s nuclearization pose a problem for international community?
  • What can and should be done to avoid a nuclear war and achieve a nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula?
  • Are international legal architectures or norms about nuclear disarmament relevant in the face of recalcitrant outlier states such as the DPRK?

Deadline for submission of papers regarding all the calls for papers is the end of October 2018, and the special issue is expected to be published online in April 2019.