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Middle Eastern Post-Conflict Futures in Education: Iraq, Syria and Yemen

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Comparative Education and Development

Recent dramatic events in the socially and politically fast evolving Middle East call for fresh critical analysis and perspectives to be brought to bear on the dynamics of local education. The three chosen countries represent different states of conflict: Yemen is still in a desperate situation of conflict. Syria's conflicts are changing in form while many refugees are returning. Iraq is in a semi-stabilized state after efforts to eradicate ISIS, with the government resuming diplomatic talks with many other countries, and figures for the financial reparation for the damage done to the country are being discussed. Therefore, ways forward for education, are of the essence.

Aims of this special issue:
 - To present evidence of the current educational development context in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
 - To analyze what literature and research from other in- and post- conflict zones might bring to bear on educational development in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
 - To develop critical discourse on future educational policy and agendas in those countries.
 - To share current or recent research that elucidates critical issues posing barriers to development of education in those countries.
 - To present substantive recommendations based on practice for current and future educational development in those regions.

Areas of thematic interest:
 - Current educational context analysis of Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
 - Education development in- and post- conflict and humanitarian crisis situations.
 - Critical discourse on regionally relevant educational policy and agendas.
 - Practice based recommendations for educational development.

We would be especially interested in receiving submissions that attempt to address the challenge of covering more than one of these nation states in a synthetic style in order to draw together multiple thematic strands from this huge regional spread. Well researched literature reviews with critical analysis, laying the foundation for conceptual models, implications for practice and future recommendations will also be welcome. We would like to encourage authors from the three countries mentioned to submit articles, but this does not exclude others from elsewhere.

Submission Deadline: 31st May 2018
Expected Publication in 2018

Articles should be between 6000 and 8000 words in length. This includes all text including referencing and appendices. Please allow 280 word for each figure or table. See… for futher guidelines. Submissions must be made through the ScholarOne submissions system: Please make sure you select the correct special issue title from the drop down menu on page 4 of the submission process.

Review process: Each paper is first reviewed by the editors and, if judged suitable for this publication, is then sent to at least two independent referees for double-blind peer review.

Guest Editors:

Dr Carol Webb, Middlesex University Dubai, UAE
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Dr Juliet Millican, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK
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Useful literature/further reading:

Millican, J. (2017). Universities and Conflict: The Role of Higher Education in Peacebuilding and Resistance. Edited by Juliet Millican. Series: Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Routledge.

  Künü, S., Hopoglu, S., & Bozma, G. (2016). Conflict, defense spending and economic growth in the Middle East: A panel data analysis. International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, 6(1)

  Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of England, Arab News article (2016):

  MENA specific education article by Arne Hoel (2014) from The World Bank at

  Anderson, L. (2012), "Fertile Ground: The Future of Higher Education in the Arab World", Social Research, vol. 79, no. 3, pp. 771-784

  Novelli, M. and MTA Lopes Cardozo, (2011). Globalizing Educational Interventions in Zones of Conflict: The Role of Dutch Aid to Education and Conflict. University of Sussex & University of Amsterdam – see - A version of this book chapter is published in: A. Verger, M. Novelli and H. Kosar Altinyelken (eds). Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies, London, Continuum.

  Lynch, James. (1997). A Human Rights Analysis. Education and Development. London; Herndon, Virginia: Cassell