Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (CFPJ) is hosting a workshop entitled “Problems Abroad? Revisiting the Intervention Trap in an Era of Global Uncertainty” in Ottawa, October 6-7, 2016. This workshop is organized with support from the William and Jeanie Barton Chair in International Affairs and in cooperation with the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University. Papers presented at the workshop are eligible for publication in a special issue of CFPJ in early 2017. We are seeking papers from emerging scholars, particularly senior PhD candidates or recent graduates from a PhD program in the last five years (since January 1, 2010). We invite papers written by scholars from a variety of disciplines, including international affairs, political science, law, history, philosophy, human rights, economics, psychology, sociology, and others.

The theme of this special issue is foreign intervention in ongoing conflict. According to the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, more conflicts now involve foreign military intervention than ever before. Conflicts with interventions also tend to be longer, bloodier, and more intractable than others. CFPJ invites submissions that address the causes, consequences and policy implications of such interventions. We are seeking submissions that address the decision-making criteria of interveners, be they states (e.g., United States, Russia, China, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria) or organizations (e.g., United Nations, NATO, African Union, ECOWAS). Submissions should also consider the regional dynamics of such conflicts in crises in failing or failed states (e.g., Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan).

Authors are expected to address the implications of their study for national security, local and global balances of power, and the potential for collective response strategies, as laid out in the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine and the UN Charter. We are particularly interested in the impact of small arms on the diffusion of conflicts and civil war spillover in weak states, such as the crisis in Mali post-2011 Libyan intervention. We also welcome submissions on interventions involving nuclear powers and regional rivals, including proxy wars, hybrid warfare, and state sponsorship of terrorism and insurgencies. Papers should identify relevant policy implications.

Questions we ask authors to consider include:

  • What are the causes and consequences of intervention and conflict diffusion in today’s wars?
  • How do current third-party interventions differ from those of the past in terms of prevention, management, and resolution?
  • How are collective and multilateral interventions substantively different from those of the immediate post-Cold War period?

Proposals should aim for 5,000 to 7,000 word papers. Interested applicants should send a short bio and 250-word proposal to by March 28, 2016. Funding will be available to cover travel and related expenses for authors invited to present their papers in Ottawa. Contact for further information. Successful applicants from abroad will be provided with a formal letter of invitation if required for visa and travel-related purposes. The Journal’s website can be found here:

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