The Fall-Winter issue of “Pathways to Peace and Security” (no. 2 (63), 2022) is out. The issue’s main focus is on the problems of global food security and the ways they relate to and are affected by sanctions and armed conflicts.

The first six articles explore the impact of sanctions on food security and the interlinkages between food security and conflicts, including in the context of the conflict in Ukraine; food security problems and the ways to address them in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in East Africa and in the countries of the Western Hemisphere; and the use of hunger as a weapon in the historical case of the siege of Leningrad.

The next four articles deal with the Taiwan crisis: China’s strategy of unification with Taiwan and the implications of the new escalation of tensions for the U.S.–China relations are analyzed, and prospects for a military solution are assessed.

The third set of articles addresses the nuclear nonproliferation issues, including the erosion of the international nonproliferation regime, with the focus on the partial failure of the 2022 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, and the prospects for a nuclear-free zone in Central and Eastern Europe. It also explores the nuclear security and safety issues by analyzing the verification activity of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


Special issue on "Peace Processes, Violence, and De Facto States" of the IMEMO journal "Pathways to Peace and Security" (no. 1(62), 2022) has been published. In this issue, a mix of actors, dynamics and factors at the interface of peace processes and violence is narrowed down to contexts that involve de facto states. The majority of such (post)conflict settings have been subject to an ongoing or stalemated peace process that has failed to produce comprehensive peace accords or their effective implementation, with respective conflicts remaining “frozen”. Despite some form of a ceasefire in place, many de facto states remain heavily contested, and recurring violence or a relapse into armed conflict are not infrequent. The volume includes a discussion about the basic terminology and concepts, such as “peace processes” and “de facto states”. It then explores the key cross-cutting issue of de facto states' contested sovereignty, domestic and international, and on how it relates to viability of such entities in active or frozen conflicts in and beyond Eurasia. Finally, internal and international aspects of the conflict in Donbass (until early 2022) and the respective Minsk peace process are explored. These aspects include the rarely addressed dynamics behind talks and violence within the contested republics of Donbass, a critical analysis of the Minsk process, including the role of such European institutions as the OSCE and the EU, and a discussion of whether or not the peace process was doomed to fail.

Peace Processes, Violence, and De Facto States. Eds. E.Stepanova and S.Golunov (Moscow: IMEMO, 2022), 147 p.
[Pathways to Peace and Security, 2022, no. 1(62): Special Issue].
DOI: 10.20542/978-5-9535-0610-6
ISBN: 978-5-9535-0610-6


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"Pathways to Peace and Security", the IMEMO journal on peace and conflict studies, is now indexed by Russia's main academic research publication index - the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI).

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The Fall-Winter issue of “Pathways to Peace and Security” (no. 2(61), 2021) is out.

The main focus of the Fall-Winter issue of “Pathways to Peace and Security” is on international databases on peace agreements, peace indexes, and the use of mathematical methods in peace and conflict studies. Two key datasets on peace agreements based in and managed by the Uppsala University and Edinburgh University, respectively, as well as the composite Global Peace Index are discussed by leading methodologists from Sweden, the UK, and Australia. Russian research input in the field is presented by an original mathematical model of secessions in the post-Soviet space. In other thematic sections of this issue, European and Russian experts explore the current state of and potential solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian problem. This is followed by analyses of verification aspects and hurdles of, and prospects of negotiations on, the Iran nuclear deal, including by Iranian scholars. The arms control agenda is reflected in a comparative analysis of the U.S. and Russian approaches to the idea of introducing an international regime for cyber-weapons proliferation control. International aspects of countering the Covid-19 pandemic and of vaccine diplomacy are explored in the case of the Central Asian states and region.


Author identifiers ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) are now available for all authors of articles in "Pathways to Peace and Security" who are registered in ORCID for archive issues from 2010 through the present.


"Pathways to Peace and Security" has been included into the world's largest collection of open access journals Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

We are pleased to welcome three new members of the journal’s  Editorial Council  – Lakhdar Brahimi, Kevin Clements, and Dan Smith. All three are the world’s lead experts in the field of peace and conflict studies and lead practitioners in advancing peace, conflict resolution, and human security.
Amb. Lakhdar Brahimi (Algeria) currently chairs Strategic Committee, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Sciences-Po University (Paris, France). He is also a founding member of the Elders – a group of world leaders for peace. He served as a Joint Special Representative of the UN and the Arab States League on Syria (2012-2014); a UN Special Envoy on Iraq (2004), and UN Special Representative on Afghanistan (2001-2004). He chaired the UN Panel on Peace Operations and authored its report on reforming the UN peacekeeping (“the Brahimi Report”, 2000). In 1991-1993, he served as the Algerian foreign minister. He was a member of Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) during the Algerian war of independence. 
Prof. Kevin Clements (New Zealand) currently directs the Toda Peace Institute (Tokyo, Japan).  
He is also Foundation Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a former director of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland. For several years, he served as Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA).  
Prof. Dan Smith  (UK)  is director of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Sweden (since 2015). Since 2014, he has been a professor of peace and conflict at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester. In 2003-2015, he served as a Secretary General of “International Alert”, London. In 2010-2011 гг. he headed the UN Peacebuilding Fund Advisory Group. In 1993-2001, he directed Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO), Norway.  

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