The CIDOB International Yearbook opens the 3rd call for papers for its 32nd issue, to be published in 2022
The CIDOB International Yearbook is an annual volume devoted to the analysis and study of international relations and politics. Published continuously since 1990, over its 31 editions the Yearbook has become a standard volume for experts and academics studying international affairs and a key Spanish-language tool for analysing international dynamics, drivers of change and future challenges in international politics, security and economics.
With the aim of giving young researchers a voice, CIDOB is launching its 3rd Call for Papers on the Analysis of International Relations, which is addressed to students, experts and analysts under the age of 30 in order to encourage a renewed vision of today’s international challenges.
The articles presented should fit into one of the following thematic categories:
The end of economic globalisation?
For decades, economic globalisation and integration and interdependence between states and societies have increased. But debate is growing about whether this process, as we know it, is drawing to an end, either as a result of internal dynamics –such as economic crises, rising inequalities, the evidence of climate change and the struggle for natural resources-, the emergence of new international powers that question the liberal order and so-called globalist thought, or due to specific factors, like the effects of the pandemic. Supply crises, the reconfiguration of value chains, the drive to digitisation and other trends in the post-pandemic world lead us to ask: Are we facing the end of globalisation?
The gaps shown by the pandemic
One of the clearest effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic has been the acceleration and escalation of certain trends that were already present, but which the pandemic crisis has aggravated. The growing inequality of opportunities, not only in terms of disposable income, but also in access to teleworking, vaccinations and education have affected the safety and well-being of people, giving rise to more polarised and tribalised societies, where extreme positions seem increasingly discordant and irreconcilable. Which are the keys to interpreting these social gaps? How can we bridge these gaps and which actors are best positioned to do so? Can we reassemble the ties of solidarity and adapt them to these fragmented societies? What lessons can we learn from the pandemic crisis to face future challenges?
The governance of new disputed spaces
One of the consequences of the technological race has been the emergence of new spaces, both physical and digital, that were for a time beyond the action by the great powers, either because they did not exist (such as cyberspace), or because they were not very accessible, such as outer space or the Arctic. The colonisation of data, AI, autonomous weapons, quantum computers, new trade routes and the space race are some examples. What dynamics are underway in these geopolitical environments and how can they be regulated? What technologies will have the greatest impact on security and international diplomacy? Will these spaces be a source of conflict or a stimulus for international cooperation? What role can the United Nations, the EU, China and the US play in setting new international standards?
Requirements of the texts submitted