Africa in the World Order Quarterly Publication
Guidelines and Notes for Authors
- A Policy Brief
The overall goal of the ‘Africa in the World Order Quarterly’ (AWOQ) policy brief is to provide analytical yet informative tools and policy options to our target audience of the current challenges and prospects facing African and its relations in the dynamic world order. The Brief will also serve as an impetus for action or policy intervention. AWOQ achieves this aim by providing information that evaluate policy options regarding a specific issue for a specific policy-maker audience or inform curriculum development or implementation by availing emerging or new information in the subject matter.
AWOQ policy brief distils a large amount of complex detail on African states or institutions and their relations with the dynamic word order. So the reader can easily understand the heart of the issue, their background, the players (“stakeholders”) and any recommendations, or even educated guesses about the future of the issue under discussion.
The AWOQ is a production of Riara University in collaboration with Foreign Service Academy (FSA), of the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. It is a source of information to support; 1) the university’s cutting edge learning and teaching academic and professional programs in international relations and diplomacy; 2) to inform policy interventions with the intention to engage informed and non-specialist audiences; and 3) platform for both academic and policy engagement/networking with key stakeholders on regional and global affairs.
Therefore, the purpose of AWOQ publication is to facilitate generation of knowledge, dialogue and dissemination of policy alternatives, focusing on African affairs in the dynamic world order.
- Target Audience
AWOQ recognizes the fact that there are professionals who work regularly on issues of mediation, international trade, diplomacy, geopolitics, foreign policy, security, environment, defense, but will mostly never do research or read excerpt texts. These group of professionals include, but not limited to; mediators, diplomats, CEOs of companies, senior government officials, senior UN officials, senior political players, NGOs Directors, governors, permanent secretaries.
This circle of professionals is a highly important audience, as they are often decision makers and opinion leaders.
- AWOQ is a tool for building partnerships
As illustrated above, AWOQ policy brief is a tool used to provide evidence and inform policy and decision making processes. The publication acts as a catalyst to allow the above mentioned circle of professionals engage Riara University pool of experts and faculty in making deeper engagement on issues highlighted in the brief. It is expected that on reading the highlights in the brief, faculty or partners to Riara University will be invited by such agencies to investigate such issues further or provide avenues for such recommendations to be integrated within policy and practice streams.
- What difference does AWOQ brings to the body of knowledge?
As with all good marketing tools, the key to success is targeting the particular audience for your message. The most common audience for AWOQ policy brief are the decision-makers. However, other professionals also find our brief useful; journalists, administrators, political officers serving in UN or AU peacekeeping missions, and researchers seeking to establish grey areas for research. Unlike existing plethora of literature on African affairs, AWOQ, builds a system of knowledge through three circles of knowledge generation: a) class-room interaction between students, lecturers and guests; b) dialogues and reflections by visiting scholars and faculty; c) field data, including collaborating institutions and sectors.
The process and outcome is summarized in the chart below (Riara University AWOQ Knowledge cycle)
Figure 1: Riara University Knowledge Generation Cycle
- Increase the chances of your article being published by AWOQ
Based on the RU knowledge cycle model described in Fig. 1, authors are thus advised to consider the following qualities as they compose policy briefs for the AWOQ production:
- Criteria for Submission:
- All submission must be authored or co-authored by experts or graduate students in respective themes.
- All submission to the AWOQ Edition must be in English.
- All submissions must be sent by email to the Editor, Francis Onditi: email@example.com
- All submissions must be between 1200-1500 words including title and text in figures.
- References have to follow the Harvard style (http://www.citethisforme.com/harvard-referencing). Footnotes may be used and have to be numbered sequentially, throughout each paper. The numbers in the text must be in superscript and should follow sentences, clauses, quotations, punctuation marks and closing parentheses. The notes should have a normal, full sized number.
- Please use 12-point, Times New Roman Font for submissions on word using two columns per page.
- The publication will be online.
- The Editor reserves the rights to reject articles deemed not meeting the prescribed quality and ethical standards. It is the responsibility of the author (s) to ensure that their articles are free from any form of plagiarism and intellectual dishonesty.
We look forward to receiving your submissions soon! Please don’t hesitate to direct any questions and all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- International Editorial Council
The Editor of AWOQ and entire RU fraternity are honored to be associated with the following world’s leading scholars in diverse fields social sciences, including, African affairs and international relations:
- Prof. Akiko Sugiki, Kobe Gakuin University, Japan
- Prof. Abu B. Bah, Northern Illinois University, USA
- Prof. Vuyisile Msila, University of South Africa
- Prof. Godwell Nhamo, University of South Africa
- Dr. Cristina D’ Alessandro, Paris School of International Affairs, France
- Prof. Korwa G. Adar, Daystar University, Kenya
- Prof. Pontian G. Okoth, MMUST University, Kenya
- Prof. Vusi Gumede, Director, TMALI, University of South Africa
- Prof. Samson Wassara, Bah rel Ghazal University, South Sudan
- Prof. Takahashi Motoki, Kyoto University, Japan
- Dr. Martha Mutisi, IDRC
- Prof. Zach Levey, Haifa University, Israel
- Dr. Fredrick Ogenga, Rongo University, Kenya
- Dr. Nicasius A. Check, Human Sciences Research Council, SA