Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program at

The Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program at

the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law is

issuing its first call for papers on its project theme, open

exclusively to scholars from and based in Africa. The Call for Papers

is co-sponsored by the Strauss Center, the Institute for Security

Studies, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Mission and Topic: The goal of the Call for Papers is to publish a

number of working papers on the links between climate change and

security in Africa. The Call for Papers seeks to foster innovative

African scholarship on these issues and foster a conversation between

academics, practitioners, and policymakers in Africa, the United

States, and the international community. Given its physical exposure

and the immense challenges of adaptation, Africa is widely understood

to be one of the continents most vulnerable to climate change. These

effects are not likely to be uniformly distributed, nor are the

potential consequences clearly understood. This Call for Papers seeks

contributions that further global understanding of the likely location

of vulnerabilities in Africa, the potential impacts of climate change

on Africa's political stability or security, and/or strategies for

addressing these challenges. The Call for Papers is open to

submissions from all disciplines. The paper can have a continental

focus, a regional focus, a country focus, a local sub-national focus,

or a mix of these. The review committee prefers submissions that will

be supported by case study research.

Compensation: Up to three papers will receive a research stipend for

case study or other field research, as well as travel support to

attend an international conference. The author of the first-place

paper will receive a $5,000 research stipend and up to $3,000 to

attend an international conference. Authors of the second-and third-

place papers will each receive a $2,500 research stipend and up to

$3,000 to attend an international conference. In the event of a co-

authored paper, the stipend will be split equally among authors, and

the lead author will be eligible for the conference travel support. A

condition for receipt of the research stipend is application to an

international conference. If the author is accepted to the

international conference, the author must make his/her own travel

arrangements and will be reimbursed for travel costs up to $3,000. The

research stipend will be issued upon the author's completion of the

publication-ready version of the working paper.

Publication: The Strauss Center will have the prerogative to publish

the winning papers as part of the CCAPS program's Working Paper

Series, with an intended publishing date of August 2011. All

publishing is subject to the review and editing process. Authors must

be available by e-mail and willing to edit their manuscript with the

Strauss Center team before publication. After the paper is published

in the CCAPS Working Paper Series, the author may publish the paper in

journals or other venues upon notification to the Strauss Center.

Prior to publication in the CCAPS Working Paper Series in August 2011,

the paper cannot appear in print elsewhere, but it may be under review

elsewhere. If the paper is published elsewhere after August 2011, the

author is required to include the following attribution statement:

"The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

contributed greatly to the production of this paper. A version of this

paper was previously published as part of the Strauss Center'sWorking

Paper Series on Climate Change and African Political Stability. This

material is based upon work supported by, or in part by, the U. S.

Army Research Laboratory and the U. S. Army Research Office under

contract/grant number W911NF-09-1-0077."

Eligibility: Contributors must be from Africa and be currently based

in Africa to be eligible for this Call for Papers. Contributors are

not required to have a PhD to submit a paper. Preference will be given

to authors from economically disadvantaged institutions and countries

within Africa. The submitted paper cannot be previously published. The

paper can be under review elsewhere, but cannot appear in print

elsewhere prior to August 31, 2011.

Deadline for Submission: Midnight, Greenwich Mean Time, January 31,


Submission Guidelines: The paper and the author's curriculum vitae

must be submitted electronically to by the

submission deadline. The paper should be no longer than 10,000 words

including notes and bibliography. The paper must be a finished paper.

The paper must be original work. Any work found to be plagiarized

would result in the contributor's stipend being canceled and travel

assistance rescinded.

Judging Process and Announcement of Recipients: The papers will be

judged by a panel of experts from the University of Texas at Austin

and leading academic institutions and think tanks in the United States

and Africa. Recipients will be notified on March 1, 2011.

Sponsoring Entities: The Robert S. Strauss Center for International

Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin is a nonpartisan

research center that engages the best minds in academia, government,

and the private sector to develop unique, policy-relevant solutions to

complex global challenges. The Strauss Center's program on Climate

Change and African Political Stability conducts research in three core

areas, seeking to investigate where and how climate change poses

threats to stability in Africa, identify strategies to support

accountable and effective governance in Africa, and evaluate the

effectiveness of international aid to help African societies adapt to

climate change.

The Institute for Security Studies is a pan-African applied policy

research institute headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa with

offices in Cape Town, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; and Addis Ababa,

Ethiopia. ISS seeks to mainstream human security perspectives into

public policy processes and to influence decision makers within Africa

and beyond by providing timely, empirical research and contextual

analysis of relevant human security issues to policy makers, area

specialists, advocacy groups, and the media.

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change is a non-profit, non-partisan,

and independent organization established by the Pew Charitable Trusts

to bring a new cooperative approach and critical scientific, economic,

and technological expertise to the global climate change debate. The

Pew Center informs this debate through wide-ranging analyses that add

new facts and perspectives in four areas: domestic and international

policy, economics, environment, and solutions.

More Information: For more information, please contact the CCAPS

program at Climate Change and African

Political Stability Program, Robert S. Strauss Center for

International Security and Law, The University of Texas at Austin,

2315 Red River Street, P.O. Box Y, Austin, Texas 78713, USA Phone:

+1-512-471-6267, Fax: +1-512-471-6961


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